January 28th, 2013
08:20 PM ET

Boy Scouts reconsidering policy against gay membership

By Ashley Fantz, CNN

(CNN) - The Boy Scouts of America is considering changing its longstanding policy against allowing openly gay members, according to a news release from the organization.

The organization, which has 2.7 million members, is "potentially discussing" doing away with its national policy after months of protest, including hundreds of angry Eagle Scouts renouncing their hard-earned awards and mailing back their red-white-and-blue medals.

Many parents of Scouts across America found the national policy excluding gays confusing - and at odds with basic scouting ideals.

Social media were abuzz with outrage over the policy; gay men who used to be Scouts spoke out in first-person blogs. On her TV talk show, Ellen DeGeneres featured a California Scout who had been denied his Eagle rank because he is gay.

Members of the organization's national board are expected to bring up the issue at a regularly scheduled biannual meeting in February. Any change would be announced after that.

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  1. Nmarsh1

    Why does a private organization founded upon Christian morals allow something that is completely contrary to their beliefs? I am an Eagle Scout... You go,BSA... Don't bend!

    February 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Spaz

    Why don't they just go join the Girl Scouts?

    January 29, 2013 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |