PBS NewsHour
February 7, 2013

The Boy Scouts of America recently announced it is considering ending a ban on gay members. Though a decision was anticipated for Wednesday, the organization decided to delay their vote until May 2013. The possibility of lifting the ban sparked a national conversation. Jeffrey Brown examined both sides of the debate with Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout and founder of the group, “Scouts for Equality,” and Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Land said that lifting the ban on homosexuals in the Scouts would enforce values on its members that not all parents of boy scouts and sponsors share. “If the ban were to be lifted, and they were to go to the local option, that there would be hundreds of thousands of scouts that are sponsored by organizations like the Mormon church, like Roman Catholics, and like Baptists and other conservative faith organizations that would withdraw their sponsorship,” Land said.

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