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Connecticut Scouts simply announce that they are accepting gay scout leaders

Timothy Kincaid

May 21st, 2013

It looks as though the Connecticut Yankee Council of the Boy Scouts of America just said “the hell with it” and decided that it wasn’t going to kowtow to the dictates of Utah.

Scouting in the Connecticut Yankee Council is open to all youth and adults who subscribe to the values of the Scout Oath and Law regardless of their personal sexual orientation. All our Scouts and leaders must display the highest levels of good conduct and any sexual conduct within Scouting is unacceptable. Our charter partners retain the responsibility to select the best possible leadership for their units consistent with their moral values.

I wonder how this plays with the new ‘compromise’ imagined into existence by leaders hoping that no one notices exactly what it says to gay youth. I somehow doubt that they are going to kick out a quarter of Connecticut. And I very much doubt that they will be the only region in open defiance of the ‘gay adults are dangerous’ policy.



Michael C
May 21st, 2013 | LINK

I commend the Connecticut Yankee Council in joining other local BSA chapters in inclusive scouting. Here in Minnesota, the Northern Star Council has not discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation for over a decade now. If you and your children are engaged in scouting, you have the power to implement changes on the local level. The larger organization will catch up in time.

May 21st, 2013 | LINK

It looks like the national council has badly misread the situation — or the LDS and RC churches have been exerting too much influence.

Good for the Connecticut Yankees. (I like the Mark Twain reference, too.)

It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Ben in Oakland
May 21st, 2013 | LINK

Stand up and be contend. That’s the scout way, andthe only thing that actually works,


Ben in Oakland
May 21st, 2013 | LINK

Sorry, COUNTED. Dam’ spell correct and dam’ dyslexia.

Bose in St. Peter MN
May 21st, 2013 | LINK

Ten years ago, the BSA issued a cease-and-desist order to the Cradle of Liberty Council in Philly, mandating that anti-gay discrimination be reinstated as the official policy. C of L is described as the third largest council of the BSA in the country; the national BSA threatened to dissolve the council if it did not cooperate. Immense pain is still playing out there over the Council’s use of the city-owned, but Council-built, service center building — which should have been avoided if the Council had been allowed to keep the inclusive policy it preferred.

So, the question remains open about how the national BSA will move forward, if/when the ban on gay adults passes. Will it bounce non-compliant, inclusive councils out?

May 21st, 2013 | LINK

Is this a sign that the national group is going to fracture? What’s to stop scouts in other areas of the country from saying they WON’T accept any gay members, no matter what the national board decrees?

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