Scouts await decision on gay membership

NBC News
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May 22, 2013
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Cub Scout Pack 215 in rural Arkansas is waiting for a vote that could mean big changes for their tiny outfit. That’s because of a decision being made Thursday at the national Boy Scouts of America annual meeting that will have ramifications for their pack and other Scout units across the country: whether or not to end its controversial policy banning gay Scouts. The 1,400 delegates of the National Council will vote on the policy at the BSA meeting in Grapevine, Texas. More than 70 percent of Boy Scout units are sponsored by a religious group, some that do not want to allow gay youth to join. One is Pack 215, chartered by the Eagle Heights Baptist Church in Harrison, Ark. The church’s pastor has said it will not stay on as sponsor if the policy is changed.