The battle to allow gay adults to serve as volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America may be drawing to a close this afternoon, Monday July 27, 2015. The national executive board of the BSA is meeting today to vote on this issue which has plagued the organization for decades. Gay and questioning youth themselves were banned until May of 2013 when the BSA board voted to rescind the ban against homosexual youths in their program. The new policy on gay youth went into effect on January 1 of 2014.
Since then, the battle has switched to allow gay adults to serve as volunteers and leaders in the organization. It’s speculated that the BSA will probably lift that ban today.
Regardless if it’s lifted or not, local proponents of the rescinding of the ban will be on hand for a rally at Chief Seattle Council Headquarters at 3120 Rainier Avenue South from 3:30 to 4:30 pm for either a victory rally OR a call to continue the fight if the board does not vote to end the ban. Local media will be on hand for the event.
This is it! On Monday, July 27th, the BSA’s National Executive Board will vote on a resolution allowing gay adults to serve as employees and volunteers. This is the resolution which recently received unanimous support from the National Executive Committee. Should the resolution pass on Monday, it will go into effect immediately.It is our expectation that news will break about passage of the resolution sometime during the day on July 27th. Local media will be looking to scoop national media by covering your reaction at our rally. There will be no better time then at this rally to communicate your support for Scouting and equality in Scouting. Please join us to welcome this historic moment for the BSA. Uniforms and positive signs encouraged.