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Article published April 19, 2013
Boy Scouts proposal would lift ban on gay youths
LOS ANGELES — The Boy Scouts of America announced Friday a proposal to allow gay youths to join the program, a move that, if approved, would mark a dramatic shift for one of the nation’s oldest and most traditional youth organizations. The proposal, which would continue to bar homosexual men from serving as Scout leaders, will be voted on at a May meeting of the organization’s national council, Scouting officials said. “We believe the BSA can no longer sacrifice its mission, or the youth served by the movement, by allowing the organization to be consumed by a single, controversial and unresolved societal issue,” national president Wayne Perry said in a statement announcing the proposal. The proposal comes after months of intense pressure from both within and outside the organization, which has shown signs of confusion and division within its leadership.