Saturday, January 26, 2013

Threatened With Losing Its Charter Status, Maryland Cub Scout Pack 442 Rescinds Gay-Friendly Policy

An update on a previous post: A Cub Scout pack in Cloverly, Maryland has rescinded its gay-inclusive non-discrimination policy in order to maintain its charter with the Boy Scouts of America. Pack 442 removed from its website a previous policy that read “Pack 442 WILL NOT discriminate against any individual or family based on religion, national origin, ability, or sexual orientation.” Saturday, the statement was replaced with the following: “Due to pressure from the National Capital Area Council of BSA, Pack 442 was forced to remove its Non-Discrimination statement in order to keep our Charter (set to expire Jan 31st). This Non-Discrimination statement, previously posted here, welcomed ALL families. Please feel free to send feedback to NCAC at 301-530-9360.” Friday, it was reported that the members of Pack 442 had until Friday, 8:00 pm to decide it they would keep the gay-inclusive policy or risk losing their charter status. Also Friday, Les Baron, Scout Executive of the National Capital Area Council, or NCAC, to which the pack belongs, confirmed that the pack could lose its charter if it maintains the policy, which he noted was against the Boy Scouts’ longstanding ban on openly gay Scouts or leaders. “Hopefully we don’t get to that point. We are working with the pack to try to work out our differences,” he told NBC News. “The policy of the Boy Scouts are what they are and my job is to not bring into (it) my own personal feelings, and all I am trying to do is maintain the quality and integrity of the Boy Scouts of America and its policies.”

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