Scouts for Equality, the national organization leading the campaign to end discrimination in the Boy Scouts of America, praised a historic vote by the BSA’s National Executive Board to end the organization’s decades-old ban on gay adults.
Zach Wahls, the Executive Director of Scouts for Equality, declared: “This vote marks the beginning of a new chapter for the Boy Scouts of America.”
“Tens of thousands of people came together because they wanted to build a better future for the Boy Scouts of America, and that future starts today. I couldn’t be more proud of the tireless work of our members, volunteers, and staff over these last three years. As of today, the Boy Scouts of America is an organization that is looking forward, not back”, he added.
“While we still have some reservations about individual units discriminating against gay adults, we couldn’t be more excited about the future of Scouting”, continued Wahls.
“We look forward to collaborating with our supporters, progressive faith partners, allied non-profit organizations, and the Boy Scouts of America to ensure a fully inclusive Scouting movement.”
“We’re calling on gay Eagle Scouts, parents who are straight allies, non-profit organizations who support LGBT equality and anyone else who has walked away from the Boy Scouts to rejoin the fold.”
“Together, we can build a stronger, more inclusive Scouting movement”, he finallly said.