Ohio Scout Leaders Urged Vote To End Ban On Openly Gay Boy Scouts

Delegates from the Simon Kenton Council of Boy Scouts of America were given guidance prior to vote on allowing openly gay scouts(Photo: Boy Scouts)
Delegates from the Simon Kenton Council of Boy Scouts of America were given guidance prior to vote on allowing openly gay scouts(Photo: Boy Scouts)

With the help of votes from Central Ohio delegates, leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have voted to allow openly gay boys for the first time.

Simon Kenton Council spokeswoman, Jen Koma, says local leaders were given guidance prior to the vote.

“Simon Kenton Council’s board directed its local delegates to cast all of our votes in favor of the proposed resolution that would remove reference to sexual orientation of its membership standards for our youth.”

The vote was conducted at the Scout’s annual meeting in Texas. Of the 14-hundred members who cast ballots, 61 percent supported the proposal to allow openly gay scouts. The scouts’ ban on gay adults remains in force.

The new policy of allowing openly gay scouts takes effect on January 14th, 2014

The Simon Kenton Council represents 22-thousand boy scouts in 17 Ohio counties and one county in Kentucky.

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