Mid-Tennessee Boy Scouts Say “No” to Gay Youth

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May 7, 2013; Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro, TN)

The Executive Committee of the National Boy Scouts announced in April that they would, on May 20th, submit a proposal to the roughly 1,400 voting members of its National Council that would change its policies so that openly gay young people could become scouts. But the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America will not support that proposal. Rather, they will vote to extend the current policy, which bars “individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the Boy Scouts of America.”

In a statement, Hugh Travis, Scout executive for the Middle Tennessee Council, said, “The parents, leaders and chartered partners in the Middle Tennessee Council believe that the current membership policy is a core value of the Scout Oath and Law.”

The Middle Tennessee Council said in its statement that it is an independent nonprofit organization, separate from but chartered by Boy Scouts of America. In a secession in the offing?—Ruth McCambridge

  • Dan M

    It took 100 years after the Emanicipation Proclamation to affect change in the South. It might take as long for the Boy Scouts to take a bold leap into the 1980s. Is their motto “embrace diversity as long as they’re just like you”? Certainly not preparing young men to learn how to be part of a diverse classroom, workplace, basketball team. So sad to see the demise of this once fine institution.