Report: Boy Scouts Considering Ending Ban On Gay Members

The change could come as early as next week, according to NBC News.

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Ryan Andresen, a gay California Boy Scout who made headlines after he was denied an Eagle award.

2. The Boy Scouts of America is reportedly in the “final stages” of eliminating its policy excluding gay members and leaders. Spokesman Deron Smith confirmed the discussions to NBC News’ Pete Williams.

Smith says the decision to welcome gay members would now be up to local Boy Scouts units, rather than the national organization.

“The chartered organizations that oversee and deliver scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization’s mission, principles or religious beliefs … The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members or parents. 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.”

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