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Deferred Boy Scout decision forces churches to make choice of their own

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Houston Chronicle
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February 6, 2013

Ross Murray, Director of Religion, Faith and Values at GLAAD said that churches and the general public must, no matter their religious or political stance on this matter, remember that, “troops are often partnered with congregations, but are not a direct ministry of that congregation; it is just an affiliation.”

Murray clarified that the resolution that the Boy Scouts of America were considering is akin to others passed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which removed an over-arching ban or barrier, but, as Murray said, “leaves the decision up to the local entity, troop and congregation – what is going to be best for their particular context.”

Today's delay in deciding to drop the ban on gay scouts and leaders means that LGBT welcoming congregations need to continue to advocate for full inclusion.

Keep the pressure on the BSA: http://glaad.org/tellbsa