Since the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban against gay youth members in May, a handful of churches around the Puget Sound area have decided to cut ties with the organization. Meanwhile, some churches have indicated they are awaiting guidance from national leadership before they make any changes to their existing charters with Scouting units.
For the first time in 22 years, openly gay members will be allowed to join the Boy Scouts. Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America voted 61 percent in favor of eliminating sexual orientation as criteria for youth membership.
The Boy Scouts of America are thinking about ending their ban on gay scouts or scout leaders. How are scouts responding in the Northwest? Were you ever involved with the Boy Scouts? How would this change affect you? Ross Reynolds takes your phone calls.
A court-ordered release of the Boy Scout’s so-called “perversion files” lists 25 men in Washington state. The complete files identify more than 1,200 Scout volunteers who were accused of child abuse and banned from the organization. These once-secret documents give the pubic an unprecedented look inside the scouting organization.