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Race, Religion & Social Justice

Scout Leaders Gather for Vote on Including Gays

Utah National Parks Council

  Boy Scout leaders from all over the country are gathering in Texas for a vote on a change in policy that would allow young gay men to participate in Scouting. 

Ken Krogue is among 17 members of the Utah National Parks Council of the Boy Scouts of America who will be voting at the meeting in Grapevine, Texas.  No lobbyists or media are allowed at the hotel where they’re meeting, but Krogue says there were some groups making their opinions clear as he traveled from the airport to the hotel.

"Along the right side of the road on the grassy strips there were, I’d say, probably 15 to 20 different small groups with signs," Krogue tells KUER.  "The signs all seemed to be similar and said, ‘Vote No on the Resolution.’”

The delegates from the Utah National Parks Council plan to support the proposed resolution, which would admit gay Scouts into the organization but continue to exclude gay adults.  The Great Salt Lake Council says its delegates are free to vote as they choose on the issue.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which sponsors more Scout troops than any other religious group, has said it’s OK with the resolution as proposed.

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