Boy Scouts 103-year-old gay ban to be discussed again
Tue, 29 Jan 2013 23:11:48 GMT —
The 103-year-old Boy Scout organization's ban on openly gay admittance is being challenged once again.
"I think it can be a healthy topic of what diversity means and how we embrace each other. And how we are inclusive with youngsters and the families that participate in our program," says Ed Caldwell of the Area Shores Council Boy Scouts.
A five to four Supreme Court vote in 2000 upheld the ban, but they have since faced further scrutiny from gay rights groups.
In a written statement, local gay rights group Rainbow Area Youth (RAY) says, "Changing course to openly allow LGBT people to be leaders and members will only bolster the positive effect BSA will have on the lives of more children."
But according to local scout official Ed Caldwell, the response has been for the Scouting policy to remain unchanged.
"The outcry from the public has been in favor of the current policy," he says.
But similar to the "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the military, there has long been gays participating without disclosing their sexual orientation.
Later in the statement from RAY, they wrote "The biggest tragedies for LGBT youth and LGBT families is the pointed exclusion they experience during a time in their lives when they should be exploring the world, and developing social skills and self confidence," later stating, "The current policy undermines the organizations core values."
The policies currently lacks the prejudice of race and religion. The decision to be made on Wednesday will decide if sexual orientation is a discriminating voice that will endure or not.