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Boy Scouts Head Hints at Gay Policy Change

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The Boy Scouts of America is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year – and both insiders and outsiders are hinting that the group just might be softening is hard-line policy against gays and athiests. The Scouts currently exclude gay people from membership or leadership roles, and require all its members to believe in a Supreme Being. But in two separate interviews over the last month, the head of the BSA has implied that this policy is not written in stone. Howard Menzer is President of the group Scouting for All, which has fought for years to get the group to open its membership to gays and non-believers. He says this would hardly be the first major change for the organization.

Menzer: “Boy scouts are not new to controversy. In the 50s, they had segregated troops in the South. That was the 50s. In the 60s and 70s, they spent over ten million dollars to prove women couldn’t be scoutmasters. Well guess what. Today, women are scoutmasters. We’re just the next thing on their list.”

Boy Scouts’ chief executive Bob Mazzuca told the Los Angeles Times last week that the policy on gays in scouting “is an evolving issue.” And he went into a little more detail a few weeks earlier, telling Associated Press “We don’t live in a vacuum.” He said “This issue is going on in every nook and cranny of our country. … We’re just not at the point where we’re going to be LEADING on this.”

Menzer says contacts of HIS have confirmed that the Scouts ARE actively discussing softening their stance on homosexuality.

Menzer: “They were at a conference in Orlando and from the people that I know that I spoke with, they were talking about it, seriously, what their problem is. They’ve lost a lot of members, and they’re losing funding.”

A spokesperson for the Boy Scouts of America did not return a call for comment.

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Written by OutQ News staff

January 7, 2010 at 2:40 PM

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