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GRAPEVINE, Texas (WWAY) — The Boy Scouts of America National Council voted 61 percent in favor of allowing openly gay young men into the club, on Thursday.

“I don’t have a problem with you being gay, but I don’t want women in the Boy Scouts, I don’t want gays in the Boy Scouts,” Thurman Burgess, a former Wilmington Boy Scout said.

With the lift of the ban, Burgess says the organization should not be called the Boy Scouts of America any longer.

“Just say we have scouts. Let anyone in who wants to be in it, but if its boy scouts, leave it Boy Scouts,” Burgess said.

Burgess goes on to say that he also feels this decision may place Scouts at risk.

“Predators find those opportunities to ease into situations and make gays and lesbians look like they are all predators,” Burgess feels.

There are also concerns that the decision will in turn obligate the Boy Scout leaders to teach sexuality to our youth.

“We will be required to teach homosexuality to young boys, as young as six, and have to explain to them what that is. I think that sexual discussion needs to be at home with the parents,” Brad Kiser, a Cub Scout parent said.

Others support the decision and say a male’s sexuality should not be a factor in joining the 100 year old organization.

“I don’t think it should be a concern of anyone else’s,” Walker Payne, of Wilmington said.

Jennifer Tyrell, a former pack leader believes “it is a small step in the right direction, but huge in other ways.”

The change will be effective at the start of next year.

The decision does not reverse the ban on gay scout leaders.

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2016 years 2 months ago

Perhaps for some individual congregations that will certainly be true, however for quite a few the the hierarchy of those churches may have already relaxed their attitudes towards gays.
Given the nature of the Scouts my prediction is that by next year this will not be in the news anymore…..
This will be interesting to watch


2016 years 2 months ago

You can love a person without condonig their behavior.

2016 years 2 months ago

Men having any kind of sex with boys are homosexual, not straight. Whether the abused boys thought the leaders were straight or not, doesn’t really matter. The reality of the situation is what matters.

2016 years 2 months ago

Aside from the fact that teaching kids right from wrong is the responsibility of the parents, why would you put the teaching of right from wrong with an organization that openly condones wrong behavior?

Yes, forgiveness comes from God, through Christ, but the person must repent, which means to turn away from. If a person lives a lifestyle of sin, they are not repentant.

2016 years 2 months ago

G-Reality… it sounds like you need some serious de-programming there. I will stand corrected and restate my sentiment a little differently: Tax All Religious Institutions. I am tired of hearing “religiously” motivated hate that serves to do nothing than make life miserable for gays.

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