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May 24, 2013--Yesterday, the approximately 1,400 voting members of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Council approved a resolution to remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone. The change in policy was approved by 64% of the voters, and will become effective on January 1, 2014.
The restriction denying leadership positions on the basis of sexual orientation was not under consideration in this particular resolution, and thus, will remain in place.
The East Texas Area Council released an official statement about the policy change, which stated, “The Boy Scouts of America will not sacrifice its mission, or the youth served by the movement, by allowing the organization to be consumed by a single, divisive, and unresolved societal issue.” The statement is shown below, in its entirety.
After the results of the vote were announced, Governor Perry issued a statement on his reaction to the policy change. His statement is as follows:
"The Boys Scouts of America has been built upon the values of faith and family for more than 100 years and today's decision contradicts generations of tradition in the name of political correctness. While I will always cherish my time as a scout and the life lessons I learned, I am greatly disappointed with this decision."
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