By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly
After a “confidential” two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America announced its unanimous decision to uphold a ban on gay troop leaders, Towleroad reports.
The organization’s national spokesman Deron Smith told The Associated Press that the 11-member committee of professional scout executives and adult volunteers agreed that the ban “is absolutely the best policy for the Boy Scouts.”
While the committee may be in agreement, it doesn’t mean the board is. Ernst & Young CEO James Turley and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson both recently expressed their opposition the Boy Scouts anti-gay policies.
Turley said in a statement:
Ernst & Young is proud to have such a strong record in LGBT inclusiveness. As CEO, I know that having an inclusive culture produces the best results, is the right thing for our people and makes us a better organization. My experience has led me to believe that an inclusive environment is important throughout our society and I am proud to be a leader on this issue. I support the meaningful work of the Boy Scouts in preparing young people for adventure, leadership, learning and service, however the membership policy is not one I would personally endorse. As I have done in leading Ernst & Young to being a most inclusive organization, I intend to continue to work from within the BSA Board to actively encourage dialogue and sustainable progress.
Smith referenced these objections:
Scouting believes that good people can personally disagree on this topic and still work together to achieve the life-changing benefits to youth through Scouting. While not all board members may personally agree with this policy, and may choose a different direction for their own organizations, BSA leadership agrees this is the best policy for the organization.
Despite the decision, ousted lesbian den mother Jennifer Tyrrell still plans to deliver on Wednesday 300,000 petition signatures supporting her reinstatement to BSA headquarters.