Should Boy Scouts of America Rescind Ban on Gay Members?
The youth organization delayed a vote expected last week, and said it would examine the matter again in May.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has delayed until May a vote on whether to lift a national ban on gays as members.
Reuters reports that the group’s national executive board was supposed to vote last week, but pushed it off citing the complexity of the issue. The move would have allowed local chapters to decide.
President Barack Obama is in favor of lifting the ban; Texas Gov. and onetime Eagle Scout Rick Perry supports keeping it, according to Reuters.
Late in 2012, the Los Angeles Times undertook a review of 1,600 confidential BSA files and found hundreds of instances where allegations of child molestation went unreported. Included in those files was a longtime Shorewood pediatrician who admitted he fondled two boys at a camp in 1987.
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