Episcopal applause for gay boy scout vote: Anglican Ink, May 27, 2013 May 28, 2013Posted by geoconger in Anglican Ink, Fort Worth, The Episcopal Church.
Tags: Boy Scouts of America, Rayford High
The Provisional Bishop of Fort Worth, the Rt. Rev. Rayford High has applauded last week’s vote by the Boy Scouts of America National Council to open its ranks to boys who say they are homosexual, and has urged as a matter of justice the Scouts to lift their ban on gay scoutmasters.
“I am gratified to hear of the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to end its policy of forbidding participation by openly gay youths. I agree with Wayne Brock, the chief executive officer of the Boy Scouts, that the decision was ‘compassionate, caring, and kind’,” Bishop High said.
After prolonged and contentious debate on 23 May 2013, the 1400 delegates to the BSA’s national council meeting in Grapevine, Texas voted by a margin of 61 per cent to 39 per cent to rescind its ban and allow a local option on gay scouts – but voted to retain its ban on gay scout masters and adult volunteers. The policy change takes effect on Jan. 1.
Read it all in Anglican Ink.