The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year’s Day, a historic change that has prompted the organization to go over several possible changes for them — ranging from policies on tentmates, showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.
While the change is pretty major, the BSA wants the whole thing to be uneventful. Brad Haddock, a BSA national executive board member says:
“It’s business as usual, nothing happens and we move forward.”
But what does this mean for those affiliated with the Boy Scouts? Chron.com reports:
Some churches are dropping their sponsorship of Scout units because of the new policy and some families are switching to a new conservative alternative called Trail Life USA. But massive defections haven’t materialized and most major sponsors, including the Roman Catholic and Mormon churches, are maintaining ties.
And Haddcock says things are running actually quite smoothly.
“There hasn’t been a whole lot of fallout. If a church said they wouldn’t work with us, we’d have a church right down the street say, ‘We’ll take the troop.'”
The new policy was approved back in May, with support from 60 percent of the 1,400 voting members of the BSA’s National Council.
SOURCE: The Chron | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty