The vote will allow gay youth to join the Scouts, but will not allow gay adults to lead the troops. The decision was approved by more than 60 percent of the vote. The ban was lifted at the organization’s headquarter in Grapevine, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, during the group’s annual meeting.
Approximately 1,400 members of the organization’s national council voted on this decision. The Boy Scouts President, Wayne Perry, announced the decision a little after 5 p.m. Central Time.
The Boy Scouts of America—with over 2.6 million members—is one of the nation’s largest youth groups and its decision was surrounded with intrigue by both supporters and critics of the lift. The 103-year-old-group was at the center of controversy due to its ban on homosexual members, and groups such as Scouts for Equality pushed for the Scouts to move towards a more inclusive approach.
While the ban’s lift has received a great amount of praise and relief from many people, some felt that the decision didn’t go far enough, and have vowed to continue fighting for greater equality within the organizations. Meanwhile, opponents of the lift viewed the decision as tragic and vowed to fight the inclusive policy.
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