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Scouts (More) Honor(able)

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 24th 2013 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice, soundings, youth // no comments

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At its annual national meeting the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) approved a resolution removing, ” the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone.”(1) 60% of 1,400 voting members approved the measure.

Afterwards, Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, founder of Scouts for Equality said,  “Today’s vote ending discrimination of gay Scouts is truly a historic moment and demonstrates the Boy Scouts of America’s commitment to creating a more inclusive organization.”

The vote is a significant victory for equality and inclusion in American society, although BSA policy continues to ban adults on the basis of their sexual orientation. Wahls observed,  “(it’s) a tremendous victory toward the fight for equality in America. We look forward to the day where we can celebrate inclusion of all members and are committed to continuing our work until that occurs.”(2)



The Unitarian Universalist Association (statement from Rev. Peter Morales, President)

Boy Scouts of America (statement and press conference video)

Scouts for Equality (pro-resolution statement)

On My Honor (anti-resolution statement)

Huffington Post

Los Angeles Times





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Ted Resnikoff is the Digital Communications Editor at the Unitarian Universalist Association.
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