The Boy Scouts of America said, on Tuesday, that it had conducted a two-year study on its policy of excluding gay men and lesbians, and concluded it was working for the betterment of the organization.
Deron Smith, a spokesperson for the Boy Scouts of America, told the Associated Press that an 11-member committee “came to the conclusion that this policy is absolutely the best policy for the Boy Scouts.”
Chief Executive Bob Mazzuca added: “The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers and at the appropriate time and in the right setting. We fully understand that no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society.”
However, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin slammed the decision: “With the country moving toward inclusion, the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have instead sent a message to young people that only some of them are valued. They’ve chosen to teach division and intolerance."