LGBT Rights

Boy Scouts of America President Calls for End of Ban on Gay Scout Leaders


Robert Gates, president of the Boy Scouts of America, recently made clear his position on the status of gay scout leaders. Gates made the announcement at the organization’s annual meeting advocating for the end of the ban on gay scout leaders in the organization. Gates did not call for an immediate change in policy, but did encourage councils to make their own decisions concerning scout leaders.

Gates assured the organization’s affiliates as a whole that they would not face revocation of their current charters if they chose not to enforce the ban on gay scout leaders.

This news comes on the heels of the recent controversy surrounding the expulsion of Brian Beffly, an Eagle Scout in Troop 192 in Central Ohio, on the basis of his sexual orientation. As the ACLU, Equality Ohio, and the Human Rights Campaign continue to #StandWithBrian, they all also “applaud this progress in the Boy Scouts of America, and call upon the local Simon Kenton Council to reinstate Eagle Scout Brian Peffly to his full position as assistant scoutmaster.”

Read the ACLU’s press release on Gates’ comments, and how we continue to #StandWithBrian.