In a shift from a policy they’ve been staunch defenders of over the past few years in particular, the Boy Scouts of America is considering lifting a ban on gay members and scout leaders. If approved, the change, which would allow individual sponsors of troops make their own decisions on excluding or including, and would mark another milestone in gay rights movement.
Those who are opposed to the change say that homosexuality goes against their religious beliefs and traditions. Those for it, including at least two members of the executive board of the organization, feel that the shift will strengthen the core values of scouting, including elevating fairness and respect.
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UPDATE: The Boy Scouts of America’s national executive board has delayed a decision on shifting their policy until May, when they hold their national meeting.