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Boy Scouts Will Welcome Gay Scouts Beginning January 1

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will officially begin welcoming gay scouts on Wednesday, Jan. 1.

This follows the organization's controversial decision to lift its long standing ban on gay scouts earlier this year; gay adult scout leaders still remain banned.

According to ABC News:

The BSA declined to answer questions about the implementation of the policy today, but released a statement that said there would be a “smooth transition to the new membership policy,” and expected “no major changes to the delivery of the Scouting program.”

“While people have different opinions about this policy, we can all agree that kids are better off when they are in Scouting,” the statement said.

Brad Haddock, an executive board member of the BSA, tells the Associated Press that the BSA is hoping for a seamless transition.

“My hope is there will be the same effect this Jan. 1 as the Y2K scare,” Haddock told the AP, referring to the feared computer havoc that never materialized in the year 2000.  ”It’s business as usual, nothing happens and we move forward.”

How do you feel about gay scouts finally being able to participate  within the Boy Scouts of America? (At least until they're 18, when we're guessing they'll be kicked out because they're adult gays and they'll apparently have nothing to offer.)

Think it'll be a smooth transition??

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 Gays have been in the scouts for years. I was in the scouts. I just didn't know I was gay back then. I was in the second grade. I don't see it making any difference at all. 

Don't like it. Wouldn't be surprised if they try to convince gay kids that it's wrong and they still have time to change. It's a heavily Mormon organization, and little good comes from that for gays.

I completely agree. I use to be in the boy scouts and I remember every one of our meetings mixed church activities into our curriculum. I was unfazed at the time partially due to the fact that I was apart of the church, so it didn't upset me. Until I came to the realization that the LDS church was awful period.

Counterproductive.  They're still walking backwards with this one.  I would never trust a straight male supervisor with my gay son.

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