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Boy Scouts delay decision on lifting ban on gay scouts until May 2013

BsaThere will be no announcement from the Boy Scouts of America today on whether or not to lift the ban on gays in scouting.

The Boy Scouts released a statement saying a decision has been postponed until May:

“For
103 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been a part of the fabric of
this nation, providing it’s youth program of character development and
values-based leadership training. In the past two weeks, Scouting has
received an outpouring of feedback from the American public. It
reinforces how deeply people care about Scouting and how passionate they
are about the organization.

“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.

“To that end, the
executive board directed its committees to further engage
representatives of Scouting’s membership and listen to their
perspectives and concerns. This will assist the officers’ work on a
resolution on membership standards. The approximately 1,400 voting
members of the national council will take action on the resolution at
the national meeting in May 2013.”

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