The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is considering allowing gay youth, teens, and scout leaders into scouting, reversing decades of anti-gay discrimination. The Boy Scouts just last year reaffirmed their policy of not allowing gays into any level of Scouting, claiming they had held a years-long study that concluded it would not be in the Scouts’ “best interests.”
The possible new policy would reportedly allow individual chapters to make the decision for themselves.
The news was broken on MSNBC by Pete Williams on Andrea Mitchell’s show.
This is a developing story — stay tuned.
UPDATE: On NBCnews.com, Williams writes:
“The chartered organizations that oversee and deliver scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization’s mission, principles or religious beliefs,” according to Deron Smith, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts’ national organization.
Individual sponsors and parents “would be able to choose a local unit which best meets the needs of their families,” Smith said.
The discussion of a potential change in policy is nearing its final stages, according to outside scouting supporters. If approved, the change could be announced as early as next week, after the BSA’s national board holds a regularly scheduled meeting.
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