The organization votes to end its ban on openly gay scout leaders with approval of 79 percent of the board. Scouting units can still reject gay applicants if it violates the unit’s religious beliefs.
The best way to allow BSA to continue to focus on its mission and preserve its core values, was to address the issue and set our own course, and that’s what we’ve done. On Monday, July 27th the national executive board ratified a resolution removing the national restriction on openly gay leaders and employees. This follows the recommendation of the national executive committee which adopted the resolution earlier in July.
Boy Scouts of America announces that the National Executive Committee unanimously approved a resolution allowing gay adults to serve as employees and volunteers. A vote by the National Executive Board is set for July 27th.
This resolution will allow chartered organizations to select adult leaders without regard to sexual orientation, continuing Scouting’s longstanding policy of chartered organizations selecting their leaders. This change allows Scouting’s members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families. This change would also respect the right of religious chartered organizations to continue to choose adult leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own.
Executive Director of Scouts for Equality, Wahls:
For decades, the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay adults has stood as a towering example of explicit, institutional homophobia in one of America’s most important and recognizable civic organizations. While this policy change is not perfect—BSA’s religious chartering partners will be allowed to continue to discriminate against gay adults—it is difficult to overstate the importance of today’s announcement.