In a statement released today, the Boy Scouts of America announced it may potentially remove the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation. What it means to the organization is there would "no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, and the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with each organization's mission, principles, or religious beliefs," according to the statement.
BSA members and Scouting families would then be able to choose a local unit that best meets their child's needs.
Additionally, the BSA also discussed what the proposed change would mean to thousands of charter organizations supporting the program. "The policy change under discussion would allow the religious, civic, or educational organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting to determine how to address this issue. The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members, or parents." The statement concluded, "Under this proposed policy, the BSA would not require any chartered organization to act in ways inconsistent with that organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs.”
Discussion on the proposed policy change will ensue during the National Executive Board meeting in February.
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