Louisville leaders speak out about Boy Scout vote
LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- The Boy Scouts of America's National Council votes to allow openly gay Scouts but the ban on openly gay scout leaders still stands.
The reaction is mixed but despite the vote, most believe the debate will continue.
Director of the Fairness Campaign in Louisville Chris Hartman says allowing openly gay Boy Scouts is a step in the right direction but it's just a start.
"It raises far more questions than it does answers," Hartman said.
He calls it a half hearted acceptance because under the proposal drafted by the Scouts' governing board, gay adults will remain barred from serving as Scout leaders.
"The Boy Scouts definitely failed by not addressing adult leaders and not addressing adult Boy Scouts," Hartman told WDRB.
This, Hartman believes, sends a very mixed set of messages.
"I know they might think they're moving in the right direction here but really this was not the outcome folks were hoping for," he said.
Of the Scout leaders voting, more than 60 percent supported the proposal.
Dr. Albert Mohler is President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville and a former Boy Scout.
"The Boy Scouts of America have fundamentally redefined the organization," said Mohler.
He matter of factly says he thinks this change will lead to disaster for the organization.
"For the Boy Scouts to make this decision, it basically normalizes homosexuality within the Boy Scouts as far as sexual orientation," Mohler told WDRB.
Many of you shared your opinions with us on the WDRB Facebook page. One person said this is two steps forward, one step back. Another said if his son was a scout, he wouldn't be tomorrow.
"I think it's safe to say the Boy Scouts of America have made a major shift here and one that is in all likelihood, irreversible," said Dr. Mohler.
We received a letter sent from Scout Executive and CEO of the Lincoln Heritage Council to Scout families regarding the vote.
It says now that the ban is lifted, perhaps less will happen than everyone expects.
It goes on to cite the Boy Scout handbook which states "Who you are is built on the values of your family, friends, religious denominations, and community."
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