US Boy Scouts Uphold Ban on Gay Members

Posted July 18th, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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The Boy Scouts of America has reaffirmed its policy of banning openly homosexual youth from its membership ranks, saying it “reflects the beliefs and perspectives” of the 102-year organization.

In a statement released Tuesday, the Boy Scouts say it reached the decision after a two-year study of its policy conducted by a committee of volunteers and professional leaders. The organization says the “vast majority” of Boy Scouts parents value their right to address the issues of “same-sex orientation within their family.”

The Boy Scouts acknowledge that “no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society.”

The policy also bars gay men and women from serving as Scout leaders. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the Boy Scouts had the right to expel gay youth and adults from its ranks if it violated its values.

The leader of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force said the Boy Scouts “have turned their backs on a chance to demonstrate fairness, exercise sound judgement, and serve as a role model for valuing others.”