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.