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NC groups laud Scouts' decision to allow gay boys

Posted May 24, 2013

The decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow openly gay boys to join was cheered Friday by two North Carolina advocacy organizations.

The LGBT Center of Raleigh and Equality NC, a statewide political group that works for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people, called on the Scouts to go even further and allow gay Eagle Scouts and troop leaders.

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“Without a doubt, today marks a historic moment for fairness and equality in scouting,” Stuart Campbell, executive director of Equality NC, said in statement. “Equality NC applauds the Boy Scouts of America for taking a step in the right direction by lifting the ban on gay kids. Scouting is an important institution for millions of kids and young adults, and all children, regardless of sexual orientation, should have an equal opportunity to benefit from that experience. However, the BSA’s policies still leave behind gay Eagle Scouts who turn 18, and gay and lesbian scout leaders and parents who simply want to volunteer their time and share their experience, and they should be given the opportunity to do so.”

The Scouts' longstanding ban on gay adults remains in force, and many liberal Scout leaders — as well as gay-rights groups — plan to continue pressing for an end to that exclusion even though the BSA's top officials aren't ready for that step.

"The LGBT Center of Raleigh applauds the BSA for their vote to allow LGBT youth into their program, but it does not go far enough,” James Miller, the center’s executive director, said in a statement. “By maintaining their ban on gay and trans individuals from becoming scout masters, this action is merely a first step on the road to equality."

Tom Wells, a Scouts lodge advisor in Raleigh, said he hopes the decision will satisfy those who have rallied for the change.

"I think it's probably a good decision based on current social situations," he said.

While Wells agrees with the move to allow gay scouts, he's not sure about the idea of permitting gay adults into the organization.

"I still have some concerns and apprehensions about openly gay adults participating in scouting," he said. "Scouting has a strong program for the protection of youth."

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  • Danny22 Jun 3, 2013

    Expect those who want to instill moral and ethical values into their children to seek another organization for their kids. Sex has no place in Scouting. Maybe they won't miss my financial support.

  • beaupeep May 28, 2013

    "I respectfully disagree. Straight young people may not agree with homosexuality, but kids that I know are not going to beat someone up over it. This ain't the 1950s.

    Physically, maybe not. But mentally, they're gonna tear the cupcake up.

  • New Creature May 28, 2013

    No more Popcorn for my family.....

  • Barfly May 24, 2013

    These groups need to fund the mental health issues affecting the gay population. Severe physical, emotional, and sexual abuse is a real issue among gays, not some gene.

  • Ex-Republican May 24, 2013

    "so dont be surprised when the media begins to publish stories of cruelty being unleashed by the straights on gays. IT WILL HAPPEN." wakewiseone

    I respectfully disagree. Straight young people may not agree with homosexuality, but kids that I know are not going to beat someone up over it. This ain't the 1950s.

  • Crumps Br0ther May 24, 2013

    I doubt the 3% gay population (about 1.5 male) can make up for the losses.... as many wont even want to join.
    mep

    I think thats the point, to kill the organization. The more militant of the LGBT community and liberals at large have a lot of axes to grind at things they see as being exclusive. They force you to respect them but they could care less about how you feel. Tolerance is only a one way street it seems

  • mep May 24, 2013

    NC groups laud Scouts' decision to allow gay boys... they kinda are the ones that were outside anyway... no surprise here.
    This will have seriously bad consequences for the BSA.... I doubt the 3% gay population (about 1.5 male) can make up for the losses.... as many wont even want to join.

  • eoglane May 24, 2013

    Those that laud are non christian sell outs.

  • stymieindurham May 24, 2013

    Well, there goes my support for the Scouts. No more contributions from me. Guess now they will be selling Boy Scout cookies.

  • wakewiseone May 24, 2013

    gay scouts okay the scouts.........what will happen??

    a bunch of scouts go on camping trip.....several days/nights......with one of the gay youth along. sooner or later this person will be found out. and what will happen? it ll be a whoop A & & time in the woods. trust me, been on camping trips as a scout and lots of junk happens. the existence of gayism will only make things many times over a lot worse.

    so dont be surprised when the media begins to publish stories of cruelty being unleashed by the straights on gays. IT WILL HAPPEN.

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