With the coals of a sex scandal still burning, the Boy Scouts of America have announced they are presently considering ending the gay member and gay leader ban. The possible change is in light of many requests from local chapters to reconsider the organizations long-standing policy against gay members. Many of the group's officials from its national board, including Jim Turley and Randall Stephenson, and even politicians like Presidential Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, believe re-evaluating the organization's stance on gay members would be in the best interest for present and potential members.
Boy Scouts president Herdon Graddick offered a statement in a recent interview supporting the possible change with "The Boys Scouts of America have heard from scouts, corporations, and millions of Americans that discriminating against gay scouts and scout leaders is wrong. Scouting is a valuable institution, and this change will only strengthen its core principles of fairness and respect."
The national board for the Boy Scouts of America will meet in early February to further discuss overturning the longstanding ban on gay members.