Update (Jan. 31): The BSA has provided this page for leaving feedback about the membership policy. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update (Feb. 5): Thanks to everyone for their valuable feedback. After more than 2,100 comments in the past week, I’ve determined that it’s time to close the comment thread on this post.
The Boy Scouts of America is discussing whether to remove the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation, the organization announced today.
If approved, the move would end any national policy regarding sexual orientation of members and hand the responsibility of accepting members and selecting leaders to chartered organizations. Chartered organizations could then handle this task in accordance with their mission, principles, and/or religious beliefs.
The news was announced in an email sent by Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock to all National Council employees this afternoon and confirmed through a media statement posted to Scouting.org.
“Let me be clear that the change under discussion would allow chartered organizations to determine how to address this issue,” Brock writes. “The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members, or parents. Under this proposed policy, the BSA would not require any chartered organization to act in ways inconsistent with that organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs.”
Discussion on the proposed policy change will continue during the National Executive Board meeting in Texas next week.
If the board takes action related to the membership policy, Brock says, it will be promptly communicated to all professionals and volunteers.
And I’ll post the news here on Bryan on Scouting, as well.