After holding a series of secret meetings amongst the organization’s top brass, the Boy Scouts have decided to uphold and support their ban on homosexuals in the organization and will dismiss all challenges to the policy and its discriminatory nature.
The meetings consisted of 11-members, both full time Scout representatives and volunteers, who voted unanimously to continue the ban. “The review included forthright and candid conversation and extensive research and evaluations – both from within Scouting and from outside of the organization,” read a statement released by the committee. The Boy Scouts believe that the majority of parents who have children participating in the organization support the ban.
The ruling will surely fire up gay rights and civil liberties organizations to continue their push to change the Boy Scout’s policy to include people of all preferences.
Through Change.org, one formerly-ousted parent of the Scouts has managed to amass nearly 80,000 signatures in support of a change to the policy.
“Despite the fact that I was a good den leader and parents in the community supported me and urged me to take on the role, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) now say that I do not “meet the high standards of membership” that the BSA seeks, and will no longer allow me to participate in scouting,” said the petition’s statement.