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Boy Scouts to consider lifting ban on openly gay youths

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boy scouts(CNN) — The Boy Scouts of America would no longer deny membership to youths on the basis of sexual orientation alone, but would maintain its ban on openly gay adult leaders, under a proposal it is considering, the group said Friday.

The organization’s executive committee made the proposal, which is expected to be presented to the Boy Scouts’ voting members in May.

“If approved, the resolution would mean that ‘no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.’ The BSA will maintain the current membership policy for all adults,” Boy Scouts public relations director Deron Smith said.

The Boy Scouts have been considering a change in their longstanding policy against allowing openly gay members. In February, the Boy Scouts’ national executive board postponed a vote on lifting its outright ban on openly homosexual scouts and troop leaders.

–CNN Staff

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  • guest

    This would be a truly sad day for the Boy Scouts. Especially in light of the sexual abuse scandals. Straight men aren't molesting these kids. My children will never be in scouts if they do indeed lift that ban.

    • KMW

      I call it sexual deviance. It has NOHING to do with your preference for male or female. It has to do with praying on those you have power over. Straight men pray on boys for many reasons. NONE of them being the fact that they are gay.

    • DRC

      Maybe you have homosexual tendencies and thats why you don't want your kids to be in boy scouts. You're a complete idiot and no it is not always a Gay man who molest's boy's it's also priest's, parent's, brother's, sister's, aunt's, uncle's, neighbor's! it could be anyone and for you to go and judge just because there are some sicko's out there that do it is just wrong. You obviously have no idea about outside life. Not every gay man or women is going to hit on you and not every straight man or women are going to judge. You need to get your life together and accept eveyone as they are.

      • El Gato

        Always with the personal attacks. Can't you people make your points without calling the person who happens to hold a different view derogatory names?

  • guest

    It all begins somewhere. In example, the weapons background check a few days ago, it was pretty simple and only a minor infringement upon the 2 amendment. Not a big deal upfront, but the catch was that it set the stage to later on be chipped away even more and chipped away and chipped away until its dwindled down to nothing, and there you go several years down the road, right before your very eyes without evening knowing, your gun right are taken away or very very controlled. It has happened with Santa replacing the birth of Jesus for the meaning of Christmas. It has happened with the Easter bunny replacing the resurrection of Jesus on Easter. It has happened to the removal of "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegience. It has happened with almost all Christian artifcats being removed from public owned business and offices, so as not to "offend" anyone, even though it's was this nation was founded upon. So to the point of this… as the other poster said, it will be a truly sad day for the Boy Scouts, and for all they stand for, to allow openly gay children and/or leaders within it's memberships. It is just setting the stage and an open invitation for corruptness on many levels.

    • El Gato

      I was molested by other scouts at the behest of the 'scout master' in the 1950's. This is a dirty secret that is coming to light. "Accepting" it does not make it right.

  • Michelle

    you still allow your kids to go to school and teachers have molested kids, you still take your kids to church and pastor/priest molest kids, you still allow your kids at day care or in the care of family or friends and they have molested kids…now this seems just silly to me. Do you really think a child molester is going to be HONEST about being gay knowing that this type of organization is the perfect (for lack of a more appropriate term) playground? Absolutely right. Child molesters are very upstanding citizens i forgot.

  • John Doe

    What a bunch of pussies. Queers and transgenders (chicks with dicks) will have more rights than straight couples before you know it.

    • guest

      That is frightening but true. Their battle for "equal" rights squashes the rights of everyone around them similar to the atheists fight against holidays, picture our world (or what's left of it in 10 or 20 years,

    • Curtis

      The sheer ignorance of this comment really is baffling. I suppose we should all just go back to the early 1900's where the only people with any real rights were white males, right? It's morons like you that are preventing this world from actually becoming a better place. Who the hell cares if someone is gay or straight? Or what kind of genitalia they're covering up? If it doesn't affect you, then what does it matter?

      • El Gato

        But it does affect me when I have to pay for their transgressions. They don't just want permission, they want approval. Come to think of it, a lot of these troubles can trace their start in the early 1900's, Margaret Sanger, et. al.

        • Curtis

          So what's wrong with wanting approval? (This is just a generalization seeing as how I don't personally know you) Growing up didn't you want your parents approval? Or your friends? How is wanting someone to approve of, or at the very least, accept who they are a bad thing?