Boy Scouts To Allow For Gay Scouts, But Continue Discrimination Against LGBT Leaders

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The roughly 1,400 voting members of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) National Council voted 61-38 percent Thursday to end the ban on gay youth participating in the program, but reaffirmed their policy of mandatory discrimination against LGBT leaders and volunteers.

The move — suggested by the national leadership as an attempted compromise — represents a modest step forward, but still comes as a disappointment to the thousands of Eagle Scouts,1.8 million petition signers, and the 56 percent of Americans who want the BSA to end its anti-LGBT discrimination.

While the policy change will permit openly gay Scouts to receive their Eagle Scout awards, it will still prevent openly lesbian parents from volunteering with their parent’s Scout units.

Progress is slow.