DENVER — On the heels of a resolution passed by a committee of the Boy Scouts of America, it appears hundreds of national troops will lift a ban that prevented openly gay leaders from serving in the organization.
A final decision on the proposal is not expected until the end of this month.
If the measure is adopted, which is being pushed forward by the organization’s President Robert Gates, troop leaders would be able to serve without being discriminated against based on sexual orientation. Several groups, including the Denver chapter of Scouts for Equality, are encouraging the national organization to adopt the proposed changes.
“It is a big deal, but the BSA full national committee has to approve it, we need to hope and pray that they go forward,” said Joshua Sikora, a former scout and spokesperson for the Denver chapter of Scouts for Equality.
Even if the resolution is adopted, some chapters would still be allowed to stop homosexual men from taking leadership positions in certain troops. The exceptions would be granted for troops being sponsored by religious organizations and churches.