The Boy Scouts Of America Lift Ban On Gay Scouts


By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) On Wednesday, The Boy Scouts of America lifted a century long ban of gay scouts in the organization.

Joey Martin spoke with the Executive Director of The Snake River Council this afternoon...

And explains how this nationwide change is effecting scouting here in southern Idaho.

For over 100 years, The Boy Scouts of America have stood fast on their stance of no homosexuals in the organization.

But last summer... That all changed.

In May, The National Council voted to allow that change.

Under the resolution, no youth may be denied membership in the group based only on sexual orientation or preference.

The change went into effect on January first.

"Scouting has always had a policy about sexual behavior within scouting... which has never been allowed. That didn't change that at all, it just simply defined it more. Whether is heterosexual or homosexual activity... not allowed in scouting. To us, it’s just really hasn't changed much, it just simply defined more," David Kirk, of the Snake River Council, says.

With Idaho being a very conservative state...

The scouts are a longtime tradition in southern Idaho.

On our KMVT Facebook page, we asked ...

“As of January 1st 2014, The Boy Scouts of America will now accept openly gay scouts into the organization. Do you think this is a sign of change on the horizon?”

Heidi Lyman says... "I don't care either way, but if a leader feels it is their job to tell the boys about their sexual preference, either gay or not... I believe they should not be allowed to be a leader because sexual orientation is not that Boy Scouts is about."

While Kent Gidding states... "It's a sign of people accepting others for who they are."

Alli Abram-Sheldon replied with... "Not when you have to sue to get your way... acceptance isn't to be forced."

"We don't change our value, we’re not changing our value. We are more or less defining the behavior really. So no... the values are still strong," Kirk says.

Values staying the same with a new resolution in place.

Not all are happy with the council’s decision.

Some of those upset by the change have joined socially conservative groups such as start-up Trail Life USA....

Which says "any sexual activity outside the context of the covenant of marriage between one man and one woman is sinful before God" and runs counter to its core values.

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