Over the next three months the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is in for a bitter fight over whether or not it should lift its 100-year ban on homosexual scout leaders. Last July the BSA concluded a two-year study of the issue by announcing that, for the sake of the boys the organization serves, it would continue with the prohibition. But following aggressive backlash from pro-homosexual groups and financial shunning by formerly loyal corporate supporters such as UPS and Intel, the group backtracked and said it would allow regional Boy Scout Councils, along with the “religious, civic, or educational organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting,” to determine individually whether or not to welcome homosexual men and women to guide their boys. That decision, in turn, prompted conservative, Christian, and pro-family leaders to warn of a devastating mass exodus from the group by concerned moms and dads if the BSA didn't regain its backbone and resolve to stay its century-long moral course.
On February 7 a thoroughly bewildered BSA executive board changed course again, announcing that it would leave the issue in the hands of the approximately 1,400 voting members of the BSA National Council, who will make their collective decision sometime in late May. “After careful consideration and extensive dialog within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America's National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy,” said BSA spokesman Deron Smith in a statement. “To that end, the executive board directed its committees to further engage representatives of Scouting’s membership and listen to their perspectives and concerns. This will assist the officers’ work on a resolution on membership standards.”
That carefully worded announcement prompted a renewed round of pressure tactics from pro-homosexual groups, unofficially led by former Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, who has desperately lobbied on behalf of homosexuals, such as his lesbian mom, who would like unencumbered opportunity to guide and influence boys involved in scouting.
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