February 6th, 2013
10:34 AM ET

Boy Scouts delay vote on gay membership ban

We're going to have to wait a bit longer to see whether the Boy Scouts will drop their across-the-board ban on openly gay members.

The Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday delayed its vote on a proposal to let local troops decide whether to allow openly gay members and leaders.

The organization, which had been expected to vote Wednesday, said it needs more time to get input from its members. The vote will now be held in May.

"After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy," the group said Wednesday morning.

"To that end, the executive board directed its committees to further engage representatives of Scouting’s membership and listen to their perspectives and concerns."

Read more about the delay here.

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  1. Mike

    I believe that the last line in the Boy Scout oath is a promise to be morally straight.
    Hows that going to work?

    February 6, 2013 at 10:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jer

      You and your religion are not in charge of a country as a whole to decide what is moral or not. I respect your right to live your life as yuor book tells you to and I doubt that you follow it. So respect mine not to follow your books and live how I see fit

      February 6, 2013 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • CGBatcho

      Just change their morals. People do it all the time. Or not base them off of ignorant ancient literature.

      February 6, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      I won't work. If the BSA cave, then it will be just like every other liberal group, hypocrites.

      Scott

      February 6, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      It works just fine if you dont believe being gay is immoral.

      February 6, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      As a Mom of a current scout I was looking forward to a decision today, faulty as the proposal to "leave it up to local troops" was to begin with... BSA needs some leadership into the modern times! There is no place for discrimination. And being gay does not have anything to do with being moral or not. Plenty of straight men in scouts in the past who were morally bankrupt (read the "perversion files"!

      February 6, 2013 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      Yes, you're right. BSA has the right to determine what is moral for their organization instead of gays pushing their lifestyle as OK onto them, or even requiring them to openly accept it. You'd think people that are bullied would not bully others... tsk

      February 6, 2013 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Clayton Colwell

    "the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy"

    Really? This has been a hot topic for years - they never noticed before?!

    February 6, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scott

      My speculation is that the CEO of American Try & Talk (AT&T) was pushing for the hоmо agenda. Then after it leaked to the press a week ago what the BSA was probably going to do, the ground swell from current members "told" them to change their mind.

      Scott

      February 6, 2013 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. TiredODaCrap

    WoW...They are going to look into it and try to make a decision based on the input of their members? Can't wait to see how badly this decision gets bashed!!

    February 6, 2013 at 10:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Ryan

    ..because there hasn't been ample time up to now to review said policy. Stay classy, BSA. I'll keep buying my popcorn locally until you extricate your head from your hindquarters.

    February 6, 2013 at 10:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Kerry M. Berger

    Talk about obfuscating responsibility by delaying a decision to let individual troops make determinations for themselves? What's the point in having a national Boy Scout Leadership team if they are not going to LEAD and set policy for the organization. I call the leadership a bunch of moral midgets and amoral cowards. It is simply unconscionable that they refuse to act now. This issue is a non-issue in many other countries. What happened to this nation as global leader? We are nothing more than wimpy followers who are afraid of changing the status quo. How un-American can we act?

    February 6, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Steve

    Table it and maybe it will go away.

    February 6, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • YeahRight

      It won't go away. This is about civil rights. Heterosexual behavior and homosexual behavior are normal aspects of human sexuality. Despite the persistence of stereotypes that portray lesbian, gay, and bisexual people as disturbed, several decades of research and clinical experience have led all mainstream medical and mental health organizations in this country to conclude that these orientations represent normal forms of human experience. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of SocialWorkers, together representing more than 480,000 mental health professionals, have all taken the position that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and thus is not something that needs to or can be “cured."

      February 6, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. garwin1

    Is the Rainbow Coalition going to pony up the money the Boy Scouts lose when their funding is cut off? FAT CHANCE!!

    February 6, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • cedar rapids

      what funding? i mean a large number of corporate sponsors have already said they will stop donating because they discriminate.

      February 6, 2013 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • garwin1

      The Boy Scouts are largely funded by the United Way. They have already said that they will drop their funding. The gay movement is all about equality until the bills come in.

      February 6, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      Well since they have been losing funding due to their discriminating policies it stands to reason that a lot of that will come back when they end the discrimination.

      February 6, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      'The Boy Scouts are largely funded by the United Way. They have already said that they will drop their funding'

      Yes, they said they will drop the funding UNLESS the boy scouts allow gays.

      February 6, 2013 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jer

    wth CNN? why not post my comment????

    all I said was that the scouts seem to think that it is ok for the adults to harm the children but not ok to make the cildren feel safe and included..... great "morals"

    February 6, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. plumbline

    Any backbone left.........

    .......
    Ephesians 6:13-16

    ........13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
    14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

    February 6, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • ShawnDH

      What does your goofy religion have to do with anything?

      February 6, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • karlotious

      ive read a book too yet i feel no need to quote it. Maybe use your own brain instead of copying an obviously poor written collection of crap

      February 6, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      The scriptures actually say nothing about homosexuality as a psychosexual orientation. Our understandings of sexual orientation are distinctly modern ones that were not present in the minds of Scripture writers. A few passages of Scripture (seven at the most) object to certain types of same-sex expressions or acts. The particular acts in question, however, are sexual expressions which are exploitative, oppressive, commercialized, or offensive to ancient purity rituals. There is no Scriptural guidance for same-sex relationships which are loving and mutually respecting. Guidelines for these relationships should come from the same general Scriptural norms that apply to heterosexual relationships.

      February 6, 2013 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. RobCM

    Time for the Boy Scouts to come into the 21 century.

    February 6, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Tom Kloster

    It's sad to watch the organization devolve, but in a distinct parallel to the GOP, the BSA made a fateful decision clear back in the 80s (when I worked for them) to hitch their star to the Christian conservative movement (arguably more so than the GOP, given how the LDS Church holds the BSA hostage these days). Until the organization backs away from the Christian conservatives, it will continue to shrink into a fringe movement serving only a few. That's too bad, because it once offered a lot to boys of all (or no) faith.

    February 6, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. sliderx69

    If they decide to allow gays in the scouts, all the parents with morals need to pull their kids and donations.
    that will get there attention.

    February 6, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ryan

      Bigots aren't morally sound, they just hijack the term "morality" and revel in it. Hate never breeds morality. Your warped world view is, fortunately for the rest of us, on the wane. You are on the wrong side of history. Thump that book a little harder if you are scared.

      February 6, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. 8ratatoskr8

    As an Eagle scout, I think they should ask us. Let us vote. As long as the scout next to me could carry his pack as well as the rest of us, I didn't really care who he had a crush on in school.

    February 6, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Former Scout

    i guess my son and i will also need time for a more deliberate review of our potential membership. as a former scout, i hold certain principles sacred and the current ban violates those principles.

    February 6, 2013 at 11:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scott

      And I believe that this is why the BSA is now backtracking. I'm a Cub Master and if BSA goes fаggаdосіоuѕ then I too will be reviewing my current participation.

      Scott
      Quartermaster Sea Explorer & Eagle Scout, 1973

      February 6, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      well scott, sounds like they could benefit from you quitting, your hatred is against everything the scouts stands for.

      February 6, 2013 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Well cedar, if I and others with my view quit Scouting then your fellow rump-rangers will stand a better chance at molesting the remaining boys in the units.

      Scott

      February 6, 2013 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • karlotious

      As an eagle scout i am appalled that you scoutmasters are not accepting. Maybe the BSA should consider removing your ignorant butts. Way to raise children to be accepting of everyone *sarcasm*

      February 6, 2013 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • karlotious

      Scott apparently in your mind all gay people think about is molesting children. theres no way that these people could want to participate in raising children in an accepting society. You're pathetic... Go seek council at a church since they never molest anyone. Straight people have never molested anyone right

      February 6, 2013 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      'Well cedar, if I and others with my view quit Scouting then your fellow rump-rangers will stand a better chance at molesting the remaining boys in the units.'

      yep the scouts certainly failed to impart any lesson on you it seems.

      February 6, 2013 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      "Well cedar, if I and others with my view quit Scouting then your fellow rump-rangers will stand a better chance at molesting the remaining boys in the units." – Scott

      Right, because the bigoted policies of the scouts up until now have completely prevented molestation. You are absolutely hilarious for all the wrong reasons. Sad that you are, apparently, serious.

      February 6, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. Obvious

    That's OK. CNN will see to it that GAY IS IN THE HEADLINES every minute of every day anyway.

    February 6, 2013 at 11:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • cedar rapids

      The scouts just announced they will delay the gay vote. What sort of headline would you expect to see referencing that?

      February 6, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      "The scouts just announced they will delay the gay vote. What sort of headline would you expect to see referencing that?" – Cedar Rapids

      Clearly, they should have said "satanists" instead.

      February 6, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
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