By Heather Clark
Christian News Network
Dallas, Texas – The Boy Scouts of America announced a proposal today to lift its ban on openly homosexual members, while retaining its existing policy barring openly homosexual leaders.
The proposal, which will be voted on by approximately 1,400 scouting members next month in Texas, is stated to come as the result of a survey that was issued to an estimated 1 million scout affiliates in February. Approximately 200,000 responded.
“While perspectives and opinions vary significantly, parents, adults in the Scouting community and teens alike tend to agree that youth should not be denied the benefits of Scouting,” the organization outlined in a statement Friday, adding, “The proposed 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.”
“[A] change in the membership policy specific to youth only would be consistent with the religious beliefs of the BSA’s major chartered organizations,” it asserted.
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