On Monday, a spokesperson for the national Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced that the organization will be considering easing their longstanding, controversial national anti-gay membership and leadership policies.
“Currently, the BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation,” said spokesperson Deron Smith. “This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, and the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with each organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs. BSA members and parents would be able to choose a local unit that best meets the needs of their families.”
The potential policy change would allow the local organizations which charter individual scout troops and Cub Scout packs to determine their own membership and leadership standards.
“The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members, or parents,” Smith said. “Under this proposed policy, the BSA would not require any chartered organization to act in ways inconsistent with that organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs.”
Local scout councils in North Carolina have been somewhat quiet about the news. Winston-Salem’s Old Hickory Council said they would support any new policies passed by the national organization. Charlotte’s Mecklenburg County Council has refused thus far to grant interviews to Charlotte media.
More coverage from North Carolina media, including an interview with LGBT Community Center of Charlotte Board of Trustees member John Stotler and two interviews with qnotes editor Matt Comer, below: