The Boy Scouts of America will review a resolution that would allow individual units to accept gays as adult leaders. A spokesman for the Scouts says there’s no expectation that the ban on gay leaders will in fact be lifted any time soon. The resolution was submitted by a Scout leader from the Northeast in April and presented last week at the Scouts’ national meeting in Orlando, Florida. The resolution will be referred to a subcommittee, which will then make a recommendation to the national executive board. The process would likely be completed by May 2013. During last week’s meeting, the Scouts were presented with a petition, bearing more than 275,000 names, protesting the ouster of a lesbian mother, Jennifer Tyrrell, who’d been serving as a Scout den mother near Bridgeport, Ohio. Full article.
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