The new president of the Irving-based Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Friday that he would have moved last year to allow openly gay adults in the organization — a step further than the Scouts ultimately took.
Next week Boy Scouts of America leaders are expected to vote on changing the policy that excludes gay members and leaders. In anticipation of the vote and upcoming conference, two protests are being held today in North Texas.
Under pressure over its long-standing ban on gays, the Boys Scouts of America is proposing to lift the ban for youth members but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders.
The Boy Scouts have sent more than one million surveys to Scout volunteers and parents, trying gauge their feelings on homosexuality and the possible lifting of the organizations ban on gays.
There were hopes that Boy Scout officials would vote today on changing the policy that excludes gay members and leaders. But late Wednesday morning, the Scouts announced they are delaying a decision because “more deliberation is needed.”
Just as leaders with the Boy Scouts of America sit down for meetings in Irving, to discuss removing the national membership restriction on sexual orientation, gay scouts and leaders will deliver signed petitions supporting an end to the ban.
When it comes to gays and the Boy Scouts, President Barack Obama and the youth organization he serves as honorary president have agreed to disagree.
The fight over the policy to ban participation in scouting, based on sexual orientation, took a symbolic turn in Irving Wednesday morning, inside the Irving national headquarters for the Boy Scouts of America.
The Irving-based Boy Scouts of America have agreed to review a proposal that would allow individual units to accept gays as adult leaders.