Boy Scouts of America Wants to Allow Gay Scouts, Not Gay Adults

| by Michael Allen
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The Boy Scouts of America proposed a resolution on Friday that would allow openly gay members but would still ban gay adults, such as scoutmasters.

"No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone," Deron Smith, spokesman of the Boy Scouts of America, told Reuters. "A change in the membership policy specific to youth only would be consistent with the religious beliefs of the BSA's major chartered organizations."

The resolution still has to be approved by a nationwide vote, which will take place in May. If the vote approves the resolution, then the new policy would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, reports CNN.

The resolution is a result of a Boy Scouts of America study, which found that most parents opposed the current anti-gay membership policy.

"Parents, adults in the Scouting community, and teens alike tend to agree that youth should not be denied the benefits of Scouting," the study found.

The apparent compromise did not sit well with everyone.

"By refusing to consider an end to its ban on gay and lesbian parents, the Boy Scouts have missed an opportunity to exercise leadership and usher the organization back to relevancy," said Rich Ferraro, Vice President of Communications at GLAAD, a pro-gay rights group.

Sources: Reuters and CNN