New Scouting Policy on Homosexuality: A Study in Not Being PreparedBy Rob Schwarzwalder Senior Vice-President
On May 23, 2013, delegates at the National Annual Meeting (NAM) of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) voted to revise their long-time policy prohibiting what they have termed "open and avowed homosexuals" from participating in the ranks of Scouting. The language of the new policy, which will take effect on January 1, 2014, reads, "No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone."
Following is a review of the major arguments made for the change and why they were, and remain, unpersuasive. Click here to read the entire publication."