An executive committee for Boy Scouts of America unanimously just voted to get rid of the organization’s ban on gay adult leaders and volunteers, paving the way for the organization to become as inclusive for adults as it now is for youth.
The Scouts’ National Executive Board, which governs the body, will now vote on the resolution on July 27, and their decision will go into effect immediately.
The BSA board lifted the ban on openly gay youth serving in the program on January 2014. But they didn't on adult members, In a defiant move, last April, the BSA's New York chapter hired an openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader.
"For decades, the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay adults has stood as a towering example of explicit, institutional homophobia in one of America’s most important and recognizable civic organizations", Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout and the Executive Director of Scouts for Equality, said in a statement. “While this policy change is not perfect, it is difficult to overstate the importance of today’s announcement", he added.
BSA is steadily making headway to full equality