Friday, April 19, 2013

Boy Scouts to lift ban on gay scouts, but not leaders

Posted By on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 11:32 AM

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According to the New York Times, the Boy Scouts of America will lift a ban on gay scouts, but its ban on gay leaders will remain intact.

The exclusionary policies of the Scouts has been an issue for decades. We wrote about it here. Those who have advocated for greater inclusivity are responding to the announcement, saying it's a step in the right direction, but it fails to go far enough.

The Courage Campaign, for instance, notes the following:

Statement by Rick Jacobs, founder and chair of CourageCampaign.org on the Boy Scout’s announcement today:

"Despite the efforts of a vocal minority, from politics to business to culture, we are seeing a rapid and historic shift towards equality for all. The Boy Scouts are now beginning to catching up with this reality. This is yet another step in the right direction towards ending discrimination against LGBT youth across this country. Yet, the Boy Scouts need to go further and end all discrimination within their organization. Discrimination and hatred have no place in a country founded on the principles of liberty, justice and equality."

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