After a petition was signed by 275,000 people on Change.org, it was reported that “The Boy Scouts of America” were considering of dropping its 102-year-old ban on gays, but now the organization’s director says there may be a resolution to the policy but there are no plans to drop it.
The petition had been hand-delivered to the Boy Scouts headquarters last week, by a Iowa Eagle Scout who made a video the year prior in support of his lesbian mothers, that were banned as den mothers.
The organization says it will contemplate a resolution that allows charter’s to decide if they will accept gay leaders and members.
In a statement by Boy Scouts’ spokesman, Deron Smith, he said, “Contrary to media reports, the Boy Scouts of America has no plans to change its membership policy. The introduction of a resolution does not indicate the organization is ‘reviewing’ a policy or signal a change in direction.”
Smith went on to explain that this was not the first petition they have received many requests to change in The Scouts policy on gays, and they met the Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, 20, out “of courtesy and respect for differing viewpoints.”
Smith also indicated that the proposal will next go to a subcommittee, which if they find the need to, will make a recommendation to the national executive board. According to Zach the whole process could last until sometime in May of 2013.
He was quite optimistic that the proposal would pass. “One, is the fact that they were even willing to consider it — this is a really big development,” he said. “It has also happened at a time when we have this level of online mobilization … that allows real change.”