The membership issue flared up Jan. 28, when the Boy Scouts announced, prior to its Feb. 4-6 executive board meeting, that it would be “discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation.”
If the national policy is dropped, local chartered organizations would be permitted to decide their own membership policies.
But some Scouting leaders called for a delay in any decision, saying they hadn’t been consulted.
“We have not been involved in this discussion a bit,” Kay Godfrey, director of development and public relations for the Great Salt Lake Council, the nation’s largest Boy Scout council.
Even the Jan. 28 announcement caught him and other council leaders by surprise, he said, because the Boy Scouts poll of parents and leaders showed that 88 percent supported the membership policy.
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Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor. Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...
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