Under intense pressure the Boy Scouts of America said its long-standing ban on openly gay members may finally be lifted, although it will continue to exclude gays as adult leaders.
The organization’s roughly 14,000 board members must still vote at a meeting the week of May 20 on whether to ratify the resolution and if approved, “no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone,” Deron Smith, the organization’s spokesman, told Reuters.
The BSA said it changed course due in part to results of surveys sent out this year to members of the scouting community.
Gay-rights groups have demanded a complete lifting of the ban, while some churches and conservative groups insist remains in its entirety, which raises the likelihood that the new proposal will draw continued criticism from both sides.
Let’s hope Madonna’s prayers may have been answered.