Boy Scouts of America hopes inclusion of gay scout members will be a non-event like Y2K scare
A member of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) national executive board has spoken out about the organisation’s 1 January change of policy to allow gay members, to say the organisation hopes it will be a non-event.
The official lifting of the ban takes place on 1 January 2014. The organisation said it needed time to make necessary changes.
Brad Haddock, a lawyer and executive national board member, compared the change of policy to the 1 January 2000 Y2K scare.
“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 BSA has retained its ban on gay adult staff and volunteers.
The Boy Scouts of America became embroiled in a debate over whether to lift its ban on gay volunteers, members and staff. In February, it delayed the vote until May “due to the complexity of the issue”.