Boy Scouts of America to accept openly gay youth starting January 1

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SALT LAKE CITY – Beginning January 1, the Boy Scouts of America will begin accepting openly gay youth into the organization.

The new policy was approved in May of this year after more than 60 percent of the BSA’s 1,400-member national council voted in favor of the change.

Under the new policy, openly gay youth cannot be denied from the BSA’s various programs based on sexual orientation.

According to information from the organization, sexual contact, homosexual or heterosexual, by youth in the program is not in line with the virtues of scouting. According to scouting.org, “nor may any member use Scouting to promote or advance any social or political position or agenda.”

The Boy Scouts of America are not allowing openly gay adults to serve in leadership positions.