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(CNN) – The Boy Scouts of America
announced Monday that it's lifting the ban
on gay adults as Scout leaders.
"On Monday July 27 the national executive
board ratified a resolution removing the
national restriction on openly gay leaders
and employees," Boy Scouts of America
President Robert Gates said in a video
statement on Monday.
The move has been in the works for weeks.
This month, the organization's executive
committee adopted a resolution that would
change the policy.
"This resolution will allow chartered
organizations to select adult leaders without
regard to sexual orientation, continuing
Scouting's longstanding policy of chartered
organizations selecting their leaders," the
Boy Scouts said in a statement July 13.
"This change allows Scouting's members
and parents to select local units, chartered to
organizations with similar beliefs, that best
meet the needs of their families. This change
would also respect the right of religious
chartered organizations to continue to
choose adult leaders whose beliefs are
consistent with their own," it read.
LGBT advocacy groups have said the
change doesn't go far enough.
"Today's vote by the Boy Scouts of
America to allow gay, lesbian and bisexual
adults to work and volunteer is a welcome
step toward erasing a stain on this important
organization," said Human Rrights
Campaign President Chad Griffin in a
statement. "But including an exemption for
troops sponsored by religious organizations
undermines and diminishes the historic
nature of today's decision. Discrimination
should have no place in the Boy Scouts,
Some religious groups, on the other hand,
say the decision goes too far.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
day Saints said in a statement that
the organization is "re-evaluating" its
relationship with the Scouts.
"The Church has always welcomed all
boys to its Scouting units regardless of
sexual orientation," the statement reads in
part. "However, the admission of openly gay
leaders is inconsistent with the doctrines of
the Church and what have traditionally been
the values of the Boy Scouts of America."
CNN's Dana Ford and Melonyce McAfee contributed to this article.
Boy Scouts Change Policy
On Gay Leaders
Brick Huffman | Scout Executive
South Florida Council
Boy Scouts of America
“Yesterday, the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board
ratified a resolution that removes the national restriction on openly gay
adult leaders and employees. The resolution is effective immediately.
Of those present and voting, 79 percent voted in favor of the resolution.
Chartered organizations will continue to select their adult leaders
and religious chartered organizations may continue to use religious
beliefs as criteria for selecting adult leaders, including matters of
sexuality. This change allows Scouting’s members and parents to
select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that
best meet the needs of their families. This change also respects the
right of religious chartered organizations to choose adult volunteer
leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own.
Moving forward, we will continue to focus on reaching and serving
youth, helping them grow into good, strong citizens. By focusing on
the goals that unite us, we are able to accomplish incredible things for
young people and the communities we serve.”
Gates called for the Scouts to end its
ban on gay adults in remarks (PDF) at the
organization's national business meeting,
held May 21.
"The status quo in our movement's
membership standards cannot be sustained,"
Gates said. "Our oath calls upon us to do our
duty to God and our country. The country is
changing, and we are increasingly at odds
with the legal landscape at both the state and
He said decisions on the Boy Scouts'
policy could also be dictated by the courts,
and it would be better "to seize control of our
However, former Boy Scout leadership
team member Jon Langbert told CNN's
Carol Costello he believes the new policy
isn't a cure-all, since local troops will still be
allowed to make the decision on whether to
allow gay leaders.
"What does that do to folks like me?" asked
Langbert, who is openly gay and says he gave
up his leadership role when other fathers
complained. "If I want to participate with my
son, do I now have to start ringing up on the
phone and calling around to different troops
and saying, 'Do you guys discriminate, or am
I a first-class citizen in your troop and I can
Many troops are sponsored by churches
and religious organizations, which abide by
the guidelines of their affiliation.
"It creates a bit of a mess when you
don't have one global policy for the
Scouts," Langbert added, noting that the
national organization allows gay adults as
employees. "When you have one branch of
an organization doing one thing and another
doing another, it creates a lot of stress for
folks like me, and I don't think it's sending
the right message to the boys, either."
Gay youths have been allowed in the Boy
Scouts since 2013.
Statement from the local Boy Scouts of America chapter.
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