This 11 member committee voted unanimously to continue discriminating, because parents want the policy to stay in place. The San Francisco Chronicle reports:
The Scouts' national spokesman, Deron Smith, told The Associated Press that an 11-member special committee, formed discreetly by top Scout leaders in 2010, came to the conclusion that the exclusion policy "is absolutely the best policy" for the 102-year-old organization.If you have a child who is a member of the Boy Scouts of America, I hope that you will teach your son that discrimination in any form is immoral and wrong, no matter how an organization tries to justify it.
Smith said the committee, comprised of professional scout executives and adult volunteers, was unanimous in its conclusion — preserving a long-standing policy that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000 and has remained controversial ever since.
As a result of the committee's decision, the Scouts' national executive board will take no further action on a resolution submitted at its recent national conference asking for reconsideration of the membership policy.
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