May 22, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Boy Scouts to vote on ending gay ban
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(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

IRVING, Texas — The Boy Scouts of America met this week to consider lifting the ban on gay Scouts. A final vote was expected Thursday, after the Blade’s print deadline. Watch here for more updates as we wait for results of the vote.

The proposal to lift the ban did not include ending the ban on openly gay Scout leaders, a move that was widely criticized by LGBT advocates.

As reported earlier this month in the Blade, Governor Rick Perry of Texas — a former Republican White House contender — has become one of the most outspoken voices in favor of keeping the ban on gay scouts in place.

“The fact is, this is a private organization,” Perry said during a Family Research Council webcast. “Their values and principles have worked for a century now, and for pop culture to come in and try to tear that up because it just happens to be the flavor of the month, so to speak, and to tear apart one of the great organizations that have served millions of young men — to help them become men and become great fathers — that is just not appropriate.”

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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