Boy Scouts ends ban on gay troop leaders

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July 27, 2015, the Boy Scouts of America announced that its National Executive Board had voted to end its ban on openly gay troop leaders.

Chartered organizations will continue to select their adult leaders, however, and religious chartered organizations may continue to use religious beliefs as criteria for selecting adult leaders, including matters of sexuality, Boy Scouts of America said in a press release.

"Today, the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board ratified a resolution that removes the national restriction on openly gay adult leaders and employees,” the July 27, press release said. “The resolution is effective immediately. Of those present and voting, 79 percent voted in favor of the resolution.”

According to the Boy Scouts of America, this change respects the right of religious chartered organizations to choose adult volunteer leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own.

"Moving forward, we will continue to focus on reaching and serving youth, helping them grow into good, strong citizens,” the press release said. “By focusing on the goals that unite us, we are able to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve."

The Boy Scouts of America is composed of nearly 2.4 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and approximately 960,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories.

For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, visit www.scouting.org.

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