Boy Scouts contemplating dropping homosexuality restrictions - – Rockford’s News Leader

Boy Scouts contemplating dropping homosexuality restrictions


A controversial move by the Boy Scouts of America could soon open the door for openly gay members.

This move by the BSA wouldn't only allow openly gay individuals to become members but to lead scouts as well.

Parent's we spoke with today are fine with the thought.

"As a parent, I would not have a problem with that, at all," said one parent.

"I feel like everybody should be a little bit more tolerable about certain peoples' beliefs," said another parent.

Currently, membership standards do not allow homosexuals in the Boy Scouts of America.

That could change.  Nationally the organization is considering dropping the membership restriction based on sexual orientation.

One former local council board president thinks the move fits right in with how diverse the scouts already are.

"The various religions that are represented in scouting, the various organizations, economic strata, races, genders, I mean there are parts of scouting that are co-ed," said Paul Logli.

The change would take pressure off the BSA nationally.  It would be up to each charter, to operate based on its organization's mission, principles or religious beliefs.

"I believe that the intention of scouting is that every adult, every young person will find a home in scouting.  That they will find an organization whose membership standards are consistent with their personal beliefs," said Logli.

The move wouldn't change already tough accountability programs either, like "Two Deep Leadership".

One scout parent is well versed, and comfortable with what he sees as an effective program.

"It requires two adults to be with every scout at any given time.  They encourage any kind of activity that scouts may deem inappropriate to go ahead and tell their den leader," said Ryan Giebelhausen, a scout parent.

The matters are up for vote at the national executive board meeting of the BSA next week.

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