The Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday announced that it will uphold
its existing ban that excludes gays, something the group said was
“absolutely the best policy” for the group.
The Associated Press
reports the decision comes after a confidential two-year review and
rules out any changes despite the growing chorus of critics who had
pressed to end the ban. The 11-member special committee’s decision was
unanimous, and will effectively stop action on a resolution recently
submitted to the board asking the organization to reconsider the rule.
The policy was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2000.
Here’s the organization’s policy on LGBT participation in the Scouts:
“While the BSA does not proactively inquire about the sexual
orientation of employees, volunteers, or members, we do not grant
membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who
engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the