(NEW YORK) — The Boy Scouts of America voted to remove the ban on gay adult scout leaders on Monday.
A statement posted to the organizations’ website from the Boy Scouts National President (and former Defense Secretary) Robert Gates said, “For far too long this issue has divided and distracted us. Now it’s time to unite behind our shared belief that the extraordinary power of scouting can be a force for good in the community and in the lives of its youth members.”
He added, “The best way to allow BSA to continue to focus on its mission and preserve its core values is to address the issue and set our own course. And that’s what we’ve done.” The full statement was posted to the organization’s website.
Despite the ban, loocal scout troops, according to the organization, “may continue to use religious beliefs as criteria for selecting adult leaders.”
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