Indian Nations Council responds to gays in scouting question

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Updated: 2/08/2013 9:05 am Published: 2/07/2013 7:18 pm

The Boy Scouts of America will make a decision in May on whether to ease its ban on gays as scouts or adult leaders.

The decision will be made by roughly 1,400 voting members of the BSA's National Council.

The national organization was to make a decision Wednesday, but decided to wait until May to rule on banning openly gay scouts and scout leaders.

The Indian Nation Council in Tulsa released this letter explaining where they stand on the issue.

Dear Volunteers, Supporters and Friends of Scouting,

By now you have heard that the National Executive Board of the BSA is reconsidering its position on barring homosexuals from participating in its programs and we have received many emails and calls that are both for and against removing this national restriction. I want to take this opportunity to address this issue with you before a decision is rendered. I will not use this vehicle to argue either side of the matter. Instead, I want to talk about what this means to us as a council moving forward.

Scouting remains the best youth development program in the nation. To our youth members, Scouting is FUN and provides activities and learning opportunities which they might otherwise never experience. Only through our continued involvement as leaders will we be able to provide life-changing opportunities and instill our values in young boys and girls.

Regardless of what decision is made, there are many people who will be disappointed. If any of us remove ourselves from the program in anger, we will only be punishing the boys and girls who participate in our program. Their desire for the Scouting program will not wane. Their love of the outdoors will not cease.Their need for caring, dedicated leaders of high character will not diminish.

I thank you for all you have done for Scouting. I implore you, for the benefit of this and future generations of young people, to stay involved and to continue to play an important role in their lives.

Bill Haines
Scout Executive/CEO

Indian Nations Council, Boy Scouts of America
4295 South Garnett Road | Tulsa, OK 74146

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WyoMoe - 2/8/2013 9:33 AM
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I agree with Tahoe. Let the "Gay" folks start the "Gay Scouting of America".

Tahoe - 2/8/2013 6:00 AM
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Let the gays build their own troop on their own morals and values.

kindagreywolf - 2/7/2013 10:24 PM
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I have a cousin that is "Openly Gay" and everything is "Gay this", "Gay That". Boy Scouts is not about Open Sexuality but basic moral standards and pride in oneself. I have no problems with gays whether it's hunting, fishing, camping, having a few beers, etc. But when it becomes the issue of Gays always talking about gays and the life style that it becomes an issue.
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