Reversing a stance of more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America said on Monday that the group would begin accepting members based on the gender listed on their application, paving the way for transgender boys to join the organization. The announcement, reported on Monday night by The Associated Press , reverses a policy that drew controversy late last year when a transgender boy in New Jersey was kicked out of the organization about a month after joining. The announcement came amid a national debate over transgender rights, with cities and states across the nation struggling with whether and how to regulate gender identity in the workplace, in restrooms and at schools. In recent years, the Boy Scouts of America have expanded rights for gay people. In , the group ended its ban on openly gay youths participating in its activities. Two years later, the organization ended its ban on openly gay adult leaders.
The Boy Scouts and Their Policy Against Gay Leaders
The Boy Scouts and Their Policy Against Gay Leaders | PBS NewsHour
Ray Suarez investigates the controversy surrounding the Boy Scouts and their policy against gay leaders. For almost a century, a boy scout has been the epitome of the ideal American boy. But since last June, the Boy Scouts of America have been at ground zero in the culture wars. That's when the Supreme Court ruled the group— a private organization of over three million scouts and 1. To help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. To many, the Boy Scouts' position amounts to discrimination. Others applaud what they call a moral stand.
Boy Scouts faring well a year after easing ban on gay adults
Several of the biggest sponsors of Scout units, including the Roman Catholic, Mormon and Southern Baptist churches, were openly dismayed, raising the prospect of mass defections. Gay sex and same-sex marriage are considered violations of church teaching. Spangenberg Jr. Spangenberg spoke by phone from a Boy Scout camp in Defuniak Springs, Florida, where he was serving as chaplain and all-terrain vehicle instructor. In April , the NY Councils played a key role in the BSA policy change, defying the ban by announcing the hiring of an year-old gay Eagle Scout to work at one of its summer camps.
The Boy Scouts of America BSA , one of the largest private youth organizations in the United States, has policies which prohibit those who are not willing to subscribe to the BSA's Declaration of Religious Principle, which is usually interpreted as banning atheists  , and, until January , prohibited all "known or avowed homosexuals ", from membership in its Scouting program. The BSA had contended that its policies were essential in its mission to instill in young people the values of the Scout Promise , or Oath, and Scout Law. The organization's legal right to have these policies was upheld by the United States Supreme Court. In Boy Scouts of America v.