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Ban on gay Boy Scouts lifted in historic vote


 
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A 103-year-old ban on gay youths joining the Boy Scouts has been lifted following a vote by delegates at the group’s annual general meeting in Grapevine, Texas.

More than 1,400 scout leaders from around the United States voted on the decision, according to the New York Times, with the proposed change garnering the support of more than 60 per cent of voters.

The discussion about whether to the lift the ban on openly gay scout members had been ongoing, with an earlier scheduled vote in February postponed so that 1,400 members could vote in a secret ballot, rather than just the national executive board. The organization’s ban on openly gay leaders remains in place.

The issue has been a divisive one in the organization, as many Boy Scout troops are at least partially funded by Christian groups, which oppose homosexuality. Ahead of today’s vote, opponents and proponents gathered for a rallies in Grapevine in an attempt to sway voters.

The push to allow gay membership had gained some high-profile supporters, including President Barack Obama.

The Mormon church and the Catholic Church — two major sponsors of the Boy Scouts —  had said they would not pull support for the organization, as long as the ban was lifted for gay scout members only and did not extend to gay scout leaders.

In March, Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen cancelled a scheduled gig at the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree over the organization’s anti-gay policies. Rock band Train also cancelled a scheduled appearance at the same show.


 
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Ban on gay Boy Scouts lifted in historic vote

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    • a) Go back under your rock.

      b) Let it fall in on you.

      • go back to Germany where u belong.

        • I assume you meant this for ‘Canoe’, not me.

    • That’s some rant!

      If you are serious, then you are an idiot as all you do is undermine anyone else’s criticism of this decision, as many moonbats will now equate all opposition with your statement.

      However, only a leftie can really dream up the logic in this rant. Thus, I am sure that my point above is truly your intent: to undermine criticism.

      The boy scouts are their own organisation and can vote as they please. But, I safely predict that gay leaders will be accepted within 3 years and that the overall size of the organisation will be cut in half within 10 years as a result.

      • Nice going….you have confused left with right, gays with pedophiles, and presence with permission!

        • You have confused what I have written with your own version of reality.

          • Reality, hon, is that gays have been in scouting forever…..even the founder was gay.

            Also pedophiles are usually straight and male….not gay. And they don’t care about the gender of the child

          • Yes, yes – I am sure that in your world all you say it true.

            Back in the real world, hmmm not so much.

          • You don’t live in the real world, guy…..you live in a world of fear and fantasy.

          • So what’s your beef with the boy scouts? Do they scare you or is it your fantasy to be one, but not focus so much on the god and country stuff?

          • I don’t have a beef with the boy scouts….you do.

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