Zach Wahls, the Eagle Scout who formed
Scouts for Equality, believes most Boy Scout troops are prepared to
“welcome gays with open arms.”
Wahls' group has been lobbying the Boy
Scouts of America (BSA) to drop its ban on gay scouts and leaders.
On Monday, the BSA announced that it
was considering ending its national ban and allowing individual
troops to decide the issue for themselves. A decision could come as
early as next week.
In an appearance on cabler Current's
Viewpoint, Wahls told host John Fugelsang that if the policy
were lifted most groups would open their membership to gays.
“It seems likely that some charter
organizations – perhaps the Mormon Church, or the Catholic Church –
might continue to prohibit gays from participating,” Wahls said.
“But it looks to us that the majority of charter organizations …
are going to be welcoming gays with open arms. Because as we've seen
at the local level a ban on gay members can be very devastating.”
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