LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Boy Scouts of America has voted to lift its ban on openly gay Scouts. The group's national council voted Thursday on the controversial issue.
Chris Mehaffey is the Scout Executive of the Sagamore Council, which covers several counties in the area. Mehaffey said 1,400 members of the national council voted on the membership standard at the annual meeting. Of those voting, 60 percent voted to lift the ban.
Mehaffey said the previous membership standard stated, if you were openly gay, you could not have membership in the Boy Scouts. He said the new resolution will not remove a Scout based on their sexual orientation.
Either way, he said the organization will still build character and leadership skills in the nation's youth.
"In the past, with the previous membership standard, they would have a fear of being removed from the organization they love. This new membership standard gives them an opportunity to say, 'Hey, I'm struggling with something,'" said Mehaffey.
Gay adults still cannot serve as Scout leaders. Although now, Mehaffey said leaders can guide a Scout to their parents if sexual orientation questions come up.
Mehaffey said the new standard will go into effect on Jan. 1.
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