The Boy Scouts of America made history today by approving a resolution that will allow gay youth to participate. The Boy Scouts' ban on gay adults will remain intact. The new membership standards, which state that 'no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone,' will take effect on January 1, 2014. Many celebrities have taken to Twitter to share their excitement over this victory and continue to call for full inclusion of gay parents and leaders.
— Eliza Dushku (@elizadushku) May 23, 2013
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) May 23, 2013
The Nat'l Council of Boy Scouts just voted to lift the ban on gay scouts. A great step forward. #BoyScouts
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 23, 2013
— BeBe Zahara Benet (@BeBeZaharaBenet) May 24, 2013
— Justin Mikita (@JustinMikita) May 23, 2013
— Andy Mientus (@andymientus) May 23, 2013
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) May 23, 2013
— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) May 23, 2013
Its finaly legal for gay boys 2 be in the #boyscouts its about time & y has this taken so long gays hav been camping it up their whole lives
— Phillip Bloch (@phillipbloch) May 24, 2013
Boy Scouts will start accepting gay youths, but keep banning gay adult leaders. That's not at all a confusing message to these kids.
— Jason Biggs (@JasonBiggs) May 23, 2013
— Omar Sharif Jr. (@OmarSharifJr) May 23, 2013
— Ali Adler (@AliAdler) May 23, 2013
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) May 24, 2013
GLAAD, in association with Change.org, Scouts for Equality (SFE), and the Inclusive Scouting Network (ISN), delivered over 1.8 million signatures to the BSA urging them to drop their discriminatory ban on gay members.
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For a full timeline of events leading up to today's vote, please visit http://glaad.org/scouts