The Boy Scouts of America’s National Council voted Thursday to allow openly gay youth members into the scouts. The vote, which passed with 60% approval, overrules a previous policy banning openly gay youth members from the Boy Scouts. A ban on LGBT scout leaders still stands.
The decision to allow gay youth members into the BSA follows an aggressive lobbying campaign from LGBT rights advocates and slowly changing views from the Mormon Church, a major BSA supporter. The 1400 voting members of the National Council have been divided on the issue for months, with some representatives concerned about upholding conservative values and more liberal members upset over what they consider to be exclusionary practices.
What does the future hold for the Boy Scouts? Does the decision to allow gay members make room for LGBT leaders – is that an inevitability? Should the scouting organization’s values reflect changing social norms?
Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow with the Family Research Council (FRC), a non-profit organization that aims to advance faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview
Rabbi Sarah Hronsky, senior rabbi at Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village, the temple is the charter organization of both a Boy Scout troop and a Cub Scout pack