Poll: Should Boy Scouts Lift Ban On Gay Members?
An Arlington Heights church this week called on the Boy Scouts of America to lift the organizations ban on gay members.
An Arlington Heights church called on the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban against homosexual participants.
The United Church of Christ handed out fliers Sunday, Feb. 3 asking its congregation to write letters opposing the anti-gay policy, the Chicago Tribune reported.
"Our position is that LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) folks, whether they're minors or whether they're adults, have a role to play in our society and our culture," Rev. Rex Piercy told the Tribune. "This (Scouting) organization, which seeks the support of churches like ours, ... stands against the very kind of welcome that we extend to those folks."
The youth organization is considering lifting its ban against gay members and leaders, NBC News reported. The new policy being considered would lift the ban from the national organization's rules and would leave the decision to local sponsoring organizations.
However, whether a change in the group's rules becomes a reality remains to be seen.
The Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed the ban last year after a two-year review, the New York Times reported. Although the ban was discussed Jan. 28, the Boy Scouts have deffered a decision until their national annual meeting in May.