Boy Scouts considering lifting ban on gays - WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

Boy Scouts considering lifting ban on gays

Posted: Updated:
  • More newsMore>>

  • ASU board chairman resigns, vice chairman refuses

    ASU board chairman resigns, vice chairman refuses

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-07-25 03:15:01 GMT
    At the request of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, ASU Board of Trustees Chairman Elton Dean announced Thursday in an emotional radio interview that he is resigning. Trustee Marvin Wiggins says he's not leaving.More >>
    At the request of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, ASU Board of Trustees Chairman Elton Dean announced Thursday in an emotional radio interview that he is resigning. Trustee Marvin Wiggins says he's not leaving.
    More >>
  • Columbus man credits his life to HIV/AIDS researchers killed aboard flight MH17

    Columbus man credits his life to HIV/AIDS researchers killed aboard flight MH17

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:48:10 GMT
    Prominent HIV/AIDS researchers were among the 298 victims identified aboard flight MH17. To honor their legacy, the Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation is hosting a candlelight vigil. We spokeMore >>
    The Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation to host candlelight vigil to honor top HIV/AIDS researchers killed in Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 18th, 2014. More >>
  • Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands

    Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:23:33 GMT
    Ukraine's government says 51 containers holding bodies and body parts of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash are ready to depart for the Netherlands aboard two military transport planes.More >>
    Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the...More >>
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

For over a century, the Boy Scouts have had a policy in place that bans gays. The national headquarters for the Boy Scouts is now considering lifting that ban for Scout leaders and youth membership.

Hugh Travis, Scout executive for the Middle Tennessee Council, told Channel 4 News he has received dozens of calls from Scout leaders in the Midstate.

"It's been mixed reaction. Opinions on both sides of the issue. We are not keeping a tally, but it's a hot-button issue, and time will tell how this will be resolved," said Travis.

If the ban is lifted, it would mean the Boy Scouts would not have a policy on sexual orientation. It would be up to local Boy Scout troops to decide the matter. Eighty percent of Boy Scout troops in Middle Tennessee are affiliated with churches.

"Charter partners will have the ability to determine its leadership standards for its youth members, and adults within the program," said Travis.

There are 37,000 Boy Scout members and leaders in the Midstate.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.  

  • WSFA Online Poll

  • Should gays be allowed to participate in Boy Scouts of America?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Yes
    41%
    694 votes
    No
    59%
    1004 votes
Powered by WorldNow