The Boy Scouts of America appear to be ready to go halfway toward equality, lifting the ban on openly gay teens joining the group but still forbidding gay adults from acting as scout leaders. The matter still has to be voted on by the BSA board:
The Boy Scouts of America would no longer deny membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation but would maintain its ban on openly gay adult leaders under a proposal it is considering, the group said Friday.
The organization’s executive committee made the proposal, which is expected to be presented to the Boy Scouts’ voting members at its May meeting in Dallas. If the policy is approved, it will take effect January 1.
“If approved, the resolution would mean that ‘no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.’ The BSA will maintain the current membership policy for all adults,” Boy Scouts public relations director Deron Smith said.
Now how about lifting the ban on atheists too?