Patt Morrison for July 17, 2012

Boy Scouts continues to exclude gays after two-year internal review

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3,000 US Boy scouts salute while listening to the national anthem on April 16, 2011. They arrived to write 'in human letters': 'Normandy Land of Liberty .. 2014' on the Saint-Laurent sur Mer beach, dubbed 'Omaha Beach' during World War II Overlord operation.

This morning the Boy Scouts of America announced that after a two-year long internal review, the policy not to "grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals" will stand. The policy has been under protest both internally -- BSA Vice President Randall Stephenson has mentioned wanting to change the policy from within -- and externally, via lawsuits and petitions from people like Jennifer Tyrell, a former den mother dismissed in April for being a lesbian.

The Boy Scouts made the announcement after a two-year long review conducted by a committee of 11 volunteers and professional leaders to determine whether the policy is still in the organization’s best interest. The committee came to an “unanimous consensus,” according to Scouts’ spokesman Deron Smith. The Boy Scouts’ policy first came under fire back in 2000 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the side of the organization in a lawsuit involving a former assistant Scoutmaster who was gay, referencing the protections of the First Amendment.

WEIGH IN:

Do you think that this policy is in the Boy Scouts’ best interest?

Guests:

Zach Wahls, Eagle Scout and founder of Scouts for Equality, a group of current and former scouts working to change the BSA’s policy barring openly gay individuals; author of “My Two Moms”

Jordan Lorence, senior counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, an American conservative Christian nonprofit organization that was active in the legal defense of Prop 8


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