Boy Scouts Reaffirm Ban on Gays

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America has emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays, ruling out any changes despite relentless protest campaigns by critics.
The Scouts' national spokesman, Deron Smith, told The Associated Press that an 11-member special committee, formed discreetly in 2010, concluded that the exclusion policy is "absolutely the best policy" for the organization.
Smith said the committee, comprised of professional scout executives and adult volunteers, was unanimous in its conclusion -- preserving a long-standing policy that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000 and has remained controversial ever since.
As a result of the committee's decision, Smith said the Scouts' national executive board will take no further action on a pending resolution asking for reconsideration of the membership policy.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2012 at 03:46 AM
    Thank for Boy Scout for doing the right thing.
  • by Very Sad... on Jul 18, 2012 at 07:20 AM
    What is wrong with you people? Christ said love everyone, end of story. How you decided that gay=pedophile is just sad and completely untrue. You may believe homosexuality is a sin, but remember Christ said hate the sin, not the sinner. You don't have to agree with people or their lifestyles, but take a look at yourself before you judge others. I am a straight Christian who loves all and am a better person for knowing and loving everyone in my life--straight, gay, or otherwise. I have not been traumatized or molested, I just know Christ through love. I wish the same for you.
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Jul 17, 2012 at 10:01 PM
    I support the Boy Scouts for standing their ground on this issue. Disagree if you will, but homosexuality is immoral, wrong, and outright disgusting.
  • by Linda on Jul 17, 2012 at 08:48 PM
    I thought part of being a boy scout was learning to respect others. Where is it stated that being a boyscout means learning prejudice? Isn't that what is being taught when gay males are being banned. Granted I am a female and not a boyscout or a boyscout leader, but I thought the boys were taught to help mankind. Are they learning that if they saw a gay male that was badly injured, they are to walk on by for fear they would be infected by some deadly disease? Gay people are humans, please teach are young boys to accept everyone, even if they are different.
  • by Jennifer Location: Lansing on Jul 17, 2012 at 05:51 PM
    If by gay you mean anyone that will hurt a child - physically or mentally - then I'm all for it. If you only mean men who are attracted to other men, then I do not agree. Having a gay mentor to your child does not make them gay - it makes them aware of the world around them. It might actually teach them how to treat others as humans.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2012 at 08:36 AM in reply to Jennifer
      Only bigots believe that "gay" means "will abuse children".
  • by Angel Location: Eaton Rapids on Jul 17, 2012 at 05:05 PM
    Ok I understand there are millions of homophobic people in this world, but, because YOU think homosexuality is wrong, do you think it's going to go away because they cannot be a boy scout? Check the news, apparently there are pedophiles leading some of these troops. Heavens know you would rather have a pedophile around your child than a homosexual..So sad that the ignorance of reality runs so deep for some.
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      by RT on Jul 18, 2012 at 06:45 AM in reply to Angel
      To state that one would rather have a pedophile around a child than a homosexual demonstrates that the ignorance of your comments run far deeper than any one persons' reality.
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        by Angel on Jul 18, 2012 at 01:13 PM in reply to RT
        The statement you would rather have a pedophile around your son than a homosexual was stated to defend the fact that because someone is a homosexual does NOT mean they put anyone in danger any more than a person that homophobic people deem wrong, sinful or dangerous. Pardon the lack of punctuation, statement should have read Heavens know you would rather have a pedophile around your child than a homosexual? No one in their right mind would consider pedophilia a good thing, THAT is a crime, to be punished for, not for being a homosexual. That my friend IS reality!
  • by Marie on Jul 17, 2012 at 03:33 PM
    I commend the scouts up holding traditional boyhood to manhood.
  • by mike t. Location: hillsdale on Jul 17, 2012 at 02:44 PM
    It's about time America starts doing again what is morally correct, not what is politically correct.Our own cherished American documents tell us what should be done and how to handle them. It wasn't Adam and Steve in the Garden of Eden, it was Adam and Eve!
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      by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2012 at 05:06 PM in reply to mike t.
      What American documents are you talking about? I don't think that anything in our government documents say anything about Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden!
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        by Jason on Jul 17, 2012 at 09:58 PM in reply to
        I'm sorry, but this country was founded on Christian principles.
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          by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2012 at 08:37 AM in reply to Jason
          Really? You must not read history much if you believe the Founding Fathers were bigoted Christians.
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          by Kate on Jul 18, 2012 at 08:50 AM in reply to Jason
          But does this country continue to operate under Christian princiipals?
  • by Gideon Location: Eaton Rapids on Jul 17, 2012 at 02:38 PM
    Thank God! the Boy Scouts have displayed some common sense!
  • by doug Location: stockbridge on Jul 17, 2012 at 02:22 PM
    2 words...Jerry Sandusky
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      by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2012 at 08:35 PM in reply to doug
      That's not gay. He is a pedophile?
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