After an extensive review and two years in the view of the media spotlight, Boy Scouts of America has announced its decision to stand by its policy of not allowing membership to gay homosexuals. The news has been met with both disappointment and furious anger by thousands of critics, who had hoped their ongoing protests and campaigns would lead to a more equal future for the organization.
According to the statement release by the Scouts, the decision was reached primarily due to overwhelming support and positive feedback from parents of members. They also affirmed their intention to put the debate to rest once and for all now.
Gay-rights activists and general equal-opportunities groups however indicated that this is not likely, having expressed bitter outrage at the decision.
National Scouts spokesman Deron Smith address the Associate Press this week to confirm that a committee of 11 members had agreed that current gay-exclusion policy is “absolutely the best policy” for the origination which was founded over a century ago. According to Smith, the committee which contained adult volunteers and executives with the Scouts group was unanimous in its decision to uphold the policy.
The policy was previously upheld by the Supreme Court back in 200, though has become an increasingly debated point ever since. As of now, the Scouts will be making no further considerations of applications or proposals geared toward altering or renewing its membership policy.
Bob Mazzuca, the chief executive of the organization stated that the families of Scout member are overwhelmingly supportive of the exclusion of gays, covering both Scouts and Scout leaders.
“The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers and at the appropriate time and in the right setting,” he said following the announcement. “We fully understand that no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society.”
However, gay-rights groups have labeled the decision a significant step in the wrong direction and one that sends out the entirely wrong message to new generation of Americans. According to Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign, the decision is no less than a “missed opportunity of colossal proportions.”
“With the country moving toward inclusion, the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have instead sent a message to young people that only some of them are valued. They’ve chosen to teach division and intolerance.”
Various other general equal-rights groups have accused the Scouts of passing up the chance to continue serving as role-models for the young of the country, having blatantly turned their backs on promoting fairness, equality and understanding.
While the Scouts organization refused to reveal exactly who was chosen for the panel discussing the issue, they sated that the individuals were selected to ensure a “diversity of perspectives and opinions.”
Since the upholding of previous membership exclusion policies by the Supreme Court on 2000, the Boy Scouts of America have been bombarded with campaigns and protests accusing them of outdated and illegal discrimination.