Boy Scouts of America Ends Ban on Gay Leaders

July 27, 2015 • 8:28 pm

Owen Loftus | [email protected]

Boy Scouts of America ends ban on gay leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board voted today to end their discriminatory ban on adult leaders who are gay. The move is the latest the Boy Scout’s have taken toward greater equality in recent years – in 2013, the organization voted to lift its ban on allowing gay youth to participate. But the new policy ratified today still allows local units to make their own determinations as to whether a gay adult can serve in a leadership position.

Freedom for All Americans campaign manager Matt McTighe released the following statement:

“Freedom for All Americans applauds the Boy Scouts of America for taking this monumental step forward. This reflects a sea change within the Scouts that, just a few years ago, seemed unimaginable.

“For generations, the Scouts have played central roles in so many of our communities – teaching young men the skills necessary to make positive contributions to our nation. That’s why it’s so important that they continually strive to send a positive message to our youth. And while this policy is a big step forward, it’s not perfect. We look forward to the day when every unit will welcome each and every leader based on their qualifications alone.”

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign dedicated to ensuring every gay and transgender American is fully protected from discrimination under the law, no matter where they live. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses big and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.


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