PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – The Boy Scouts of America have officially voted to allow openly gay members to join their organization. But top officials are not ready to allow gay leaders. With this decision some of the conservative members are threatening to defect.
The vote was conducted by secret ballot during the National Council’s annual meeting. Roughly 1,400 members of council voted Thursday night, there 61 percent supported the proposal. The change will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014.
However, the decision was welcomed with open arms by liberal members of the Scouts and by gay-rights activists. Although, they did urge the change on allowing gay leaders. In an issued statement, the Scouts stress to everyone that they will not condone any type of sexual conduct by any scout.