April 19, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Boy Scouts proposes end to gay scouts ban
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The Boy Scouts of America on Friday unveiled a resolution that proposes to repeal the ban on openly gay scouts.

“No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone,” it reads.

Members of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board will consider the resolution, which does not call for an end to the ban on openly gay scoutmasters and troop leaders, at their annual meeting next month. The organization in February announced it “needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy” in light of growing pressure from LGBT rights advocates, President Obama and others who urged it to change their policy.

“Yet again, the Boy Scouts of America has failed its members, corporate sponsors, donors and the millions of Americans who agree that the time to end discrimination in Scouting is now,” GLAAD spokesperson Rich Ferraro said in a statement. “By refusing to consider an end to its ban on gay and lesbian parents, the Boy Scouts have missed an opportunity to exercise leadership and usher the organization back to relevancy. We’re living in a culture where, until every young person and parent have the same opportunity to serve, the Boy Scouts will continue to see a decline in both membership and donations.”

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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