Boy Scouts: We're keeping policy banning gays * AND THIS IS WHY MY BOYS WILL NEVER EVER BE BOY SCOUTS*
The Boy Scouts of America will keep their controversial policy banning gay scouts and leaders after a confidential two-year review, the organization said Tuesday.
The announcement comes amid a stepped-up campaign from activist groups urging an end to the membership guidelines.
The Boy Scouts convened a committee of volunteers and professional leaders in 2010 to decide whether the policy was still in the organization’s best interests after a resolution was put forward to reconsider it, the private group said in a statement that was first reported by The Associated Press.
The conclusion of the evaluation was shared at a February board meeting and recently reviewed by the officers of the board, BSA spokesman Deron Smith said in an email.
The review was conducted confidentially "to allow the committee to make the best decision for the organization," Smith said.
Resolutions to affirm and to reconsider the controversial policy had been raised in the past.
In June, the Boy Scouts said the organization was considering a resolution put forward at the group's annual meeting that also called for ending the policy. At the time, Smith said that while they would “carefully consider” the resolution brought forward, there were “no plans to change this policy.”
AP, which first reported the decision, said this meant the Scouts’ national executive board would take no further action on the latest resolution.
The Boy Scouts’ policy became a focus of the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000, when the justices sided with the organization in a lawsuit involving a former Assistant Scoutmaster who was gay, citing the protections of the First Amendment.
Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout who is the son of a lesbian couple, has recently campaigned for changing the policy, along with Jennifer Tyrrell, who was ousted from her post as a Tiger Cubs’ den leader in April because she is a lesbian. She started an online petition to seek changes to the Boy Scouts policy.
Smith said in an email that they would accept Tyrrell's petition on Wednesday, but did not plan to discuss the policy. He also said they didn’t expect any further meetings to receive the signatures, about half of which were previously delivered by Wahls at the Boy Scouts' annual meeting in May.
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