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Boy Scouts Delay Decision on Allowing Gay Membership

Boy Scouts delay decision on gay membership
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Citing complexity in the decision, the Boy Scouts of America have delayed making a decision on whether to openly allow homosexuals to become part of the organization.

The BSA national council indicates the decision could be pushed back as far as May, when some 1,400 voting members of the national council will “take action” on the issue.

The controversy began in 2012, when the Boy Scouts came under fire for their decades-old policies and charters that did not allow gay members or scout leaders, largely because of their faith-based principles. Some 70 percent of Scout chapters across America are sponsored by religious organizations. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Methodist Church and the Roman Catholic Church support over 58,000 troops alone.

The BSA national council said between now and May it will solicit input from “representatives of Scouting membership” and then draft a resolution on what it calls “membership standards.”

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