The Boy Scouts of America responded to our request for a comment with a written explanation on their stance on the issue from Deron Smith, public relations director for Boy Scouts of America:
"We respect the deeply held religious beliefs of all of our members. We're finding that when people read the new policy they see it is reflective of the beliefs of most of Scouting's major religious chartered organizations. This policy reaffirms that doing ones 'duty to God' is absolutely explicit and one of the fundamental principles of Scouting and states that sexual conduct by any Scout, heterosexual or homosexual, is contrary to the virtues of Scouting. Further, it states that while no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of stating their sexual orientation alone, Scouting expects appropriate behavior from all members. We are unaware of any that believe a youth member simply stating he or she is attracted to the same sex, but not engaging in sexual activity, should make him or her unwelcome in their congregation. While people have different opinions about this policy, we can all agree that kids are better off when they are in Scouting."
To sum it up, none of the scouts should be having sex, no matter their sexual orientation, and those in the organization believe that being a scout is good for all kids, again, no matter their sexual orientation, according to Smith. So that's why they changed the policy.
Still haven't heard back from the Southern Baptist Convention, but hopefully we'll hear from them soon, fingers crossed.
Breaking up is hard to do. There are all kinds of songs about it. But sometimes it's got to be done, and it looks like the Boy Scouts of America and the Southern Baptists may have to admit to each other that their relationship just isn't working.
A couple of weeks ago, the Boy Scouts of America decided to allow openly gay boys to join the ranks of the Boy Scouts' troops. Adult gay scout leaders are still banned, but boys who want to learn the ways of the Scouts would finally be able to be members of troops, no matter their sexual orientation.
In the wake of the Boy Scouts of America vote, it was predicted that churches would split from the organization quicker than Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor after their second marriage (or that Kardashian chick and the giant basketball player she married for like two seconds, if you're hungry for a more current reference). Well, a few churches have announced an end to their association with the Scouts -- officials of conservative churches in Kentucky, Alabama and Georgia have said that they won't allow the Boy Scouts to use their facilities for meetings anymore -- but everyone is waiting to see what the big guys are going to do. Yep, we're talking about the Southern Baptists of America, the Associated Press reports.More »