Boy Scouts of America
Effective New Year’s Day, the Boy Scouts of America will begin accepting openly gay youths.
The decision on the highly divisive issue came in Thursday evening.
Faced with intense pressure from both sides of the issue, the Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday it needed more time before deciding whether to move away from its policy of excluding gays as scouts or adult leaders.
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The Merck Foundation says the Boy Scouts’ exclusion of gays from its ranks and leadership positions conflicts with giving guidelines and the company’s nondiscrimination policy.
More than 100 former Scout leaders from New Jersey are included in the so-called perversion files.
The Boy Scouts of America has reaffirmed its ban on homosexuals following a two-year confidential review and the decision hit home in New Jersey, WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported.
The U.S. Supreme Court decided years ago the Boy Scouts of America has the right to keep gays out because it’s a private organization. However, it also has the right to change its mind.
Thousands of Boy Scouts and troop leaders from across New Jersey converged on the state’s National Guard Training Center this weekend for what’s being billed as the nation’s largest scouting event of the year.