Boy Scouts of America Leaders Meet in Texas to Decide on New Eligibility Policy
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are 103 years old, and a new policy voted into bylaws on May 23, have some people raising their voices about the alleged politically correct decision that they say could be harmful to a century old institution.
With over 3.5 million members, of which there are around 2.5 million youth, nearly 1,400 BSA leaders congregated in Grapevine, Texas with a large majority in support of lifting the ban on homosexuality within the troops.
Up until now, BSA did not allow gay entrance, but pressure from within the organization, along with corporate sponsorship, forced reconsideration on the matter, and while the Texas vote was overwhelming, that decision has led to widespread division.
On one hand, gay-rights leaders called it a new beginning with hope that gay adults will also one day be admitted to BSA. For now, only the restriction of youth has been lifted. Zach Wahls, the founder of the group Scouts for Equality said,
“…we found out that the Boy Scouts of America are the Boy Scouts for all America…but we still have a ways to go.”
One of the dissenting opinions came from an assistant scout master planning to have a family discussion on future participation in BSA. Fort Worth area resident Sam Ray said
“…we will not be able to do it anymore when they transform it into an advocacy group for something we don’t believe in.”
What say you?