Boy Scouts To Allow Openly Gay Youths To Join

Boy Scouts To Allow Openly Gay Youths To JoinOpenly gay youths will be allowed to join scouting, a historic decision the Boy Scouts of America says will keep it unclouded by “a single, divisive, and unresolved societal issue.”

‘Sexual conduct’

More than 60% of the group’s 1,400-member national council voted Thursday at an annual meeting in Grapevine, Texas, for the change, which takes effect Jan. 1.

“No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone,” says the resolution.

The BSA, however, will maintain its ban on gay adult leaders.

“The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting,” the 103-year-old organization said in a statement after the vote.


‘To serve every kid’

BSA President Wayne Perry said the vote came after “an extensive dialogue within the scouting family (that) was exhaustive and … very respectful.”

“No matter how you feel about this issue, kids are better off in scouting,” Perry told reporters. “Our mission is to serve every kid.”

Reaction from interest groups to Thursday’s vote was swift. The Human Rights Campaign said the BSA took a “historic step forward.” Scouts for Equality and GLAAD lauded the BSA’s “commitment to creating a more inclusive organization.”

Conservative groups and some religious organizations argued against making any change in the membership policy, saying it would dilute the Boy Scout message of morality and potentially destroy the organization.

Are you for or against the Boy Scouts’ decision to allow openly gay youths to join? Why or why not?

Source: Phil Gast. Greg Botelho and Devon M. Sayers, CNN

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Kirk Cameron Slammed by GLAAD for ‘Anti-Gay’ Remarks

Former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron is taking heat from GLAAD after remarks made on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight. During Friday’s interview, Cameron called homosexuality “unnatural” and “destructive.”

“I think that it’s unnatural. I think that it’s detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization,” the actor, who played Mike Seaver on the 1980s TV series, said on the program. Cameron, who is an evangelical Christian, also spoke out against gay marriage.

“Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve. One man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don’t think anyone else should either,” Cameron said. “So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t.”


The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation issued a statement in response to the actor’s recent appearance on the CNN program.

“In this interview, Kirk Cameron sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character,” said Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs at GLAAD, in a statement. “Cameron is out of step with a growing majority of Americans, particularly people of faith who believe that their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be loved and accepted based on their character and not condemned because of their sexual orientation.”

Source: Yahoo News

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