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Topic - Robert J. Mazzuca
Hats off to the Boy Scouts.
After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays, ruling out any changes despite relentless protest campaigns by some critics.
After a two-year internal debate, the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday unanimously reaffirmed its policy that does not "grant membership" to open or avowed homosexuals or persons who engage in behavior that would become "a distraction to the mission" of the century-old organization for boys, teens and men.
Doing one's duty to God and country is part of the Boy Scout heritage. And so too is controversy. As the organization heads toward its 100th anniversary in February, its first century adds up to a remarkable saga.
Boy Scouts of America CEO Bob Mazzuca explained, "The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers, and at the appropriate time and in the right setting."
"The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers, and at the appropriate time and in the right setting," said Bob Mazzuca, the organization’s chief Boy Scout executive.