The Boy Scouts of America were scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to allow local councils and troops to decide for themselves whether to allow gay teens to openly participate in scouting, but the national board decided to delay that decision until May.
“In the past two weeks, Scouting has received an outpouring of feedback from the American public,” said the BSA’s national spokesman, Deron Smith. “It reinforces how deeply people care about Scouting and how passionate they are about the organization.”
Smith said the executive board “concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy.” The board will prepare a resolution to be voted on by the 1,400 voting members of the national council at a meeting in Grapevine, Texas, he said.
They will take it up again at their annual meeting on May 23-24. I’m not at all surprised by this given the furious lobbying by both sides since they announced last week that they were considering a change. Given that 70% of troops in the country are controlled by Churches, the bulk of them Mormon, I’m sure the backlash was strong and immediate from many of them (even though the proposed policy would allow them to continue to discriminate).