Monday, July 13, 2015

Boy Scouts Move Forward With Reversing Gay Ban

In yet another major step forward in recent changes to equality, the Boy Scouts unanimously approved a resolution which will lift the ban on gay adults serving in the organization. There's still one more step, a vote on July 27th, but it looks very promising...

Courtesy The Advocate

The Boy Scouts of America has moved one step closer to ending the group’s ban on gay adults serving as employees or volunteers, with the national executive committee approving a resolution to lift the ban.

The resolution, OK’d unanimously Friday, requires ratification from the national executive board, the BSA’s governing body, which will consider it July 27. But if ratified, it will go into effect immediately, reports Scouts for Equality, an organization that has advocated for an end to the ban.

At the BSA’s national meeting in May, its president, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, had said the ban must end “sooner rather than later.” The group lifted its ban on gay and bisexual youth members at the beginning of 2014, but the prohibition on gay and bi adults remained.

A statement released by the BSA mentions “the rapid changes in society and increasing legal challenges at the federal, state, and local levels.” The group could face lawsuits in states with gay-inclusive nondiscrimination laws if the policy continues, and Gates has acknowledged that the policy has become increasingly difficult to defend in court, given advances in gay rights laws.

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UPDATE: There is a glitch to this upcoming decision according to a statement by the HRC

The vote by the executive committee to recommend that gay, lesbian and bisexual adults be allowed to work and volunteer for the Boy Scouts is a welcome step toward erasing a stain on one of our nation’s most storied organizations,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “But writing in an exemption for troops organized by religious organizations undermines the potentially historic nature of today’s vote.” “As we have said countless times, half measures are unacceptable and discriminatory exemptions have no place in the Boy Scouts. It’s long overdue that BSA leaders demonstrate true leadership and embrace a full national policy of inclusion that does not discriminate against anyone because of who they are,” Griffin said.

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