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Should the Boy Scouts Allow Gay Members?

Some metro Atlanta residents say they will abandon the Boy Scouts if the organization opens its membership to gay people. Others say they can't support the organization unless it drops its ban.


Once again, the Boy Scouts of America is at the center of a debate about whether it should lift its ban on gay scouts and leaders.

In metro Atlanta, often seen as one of the most gay-friendly urban areas in the U.S., opinion on the issue is mixed.

In Southwest Atlanta, a longtime scout leader says his Christian faith will require him to give up Scouting, one of his life's passions, if the organization decides to open membership to gay people.

“I have to love them (gays) because that’s what the Word says, but I do not have to go along with the lifestyle.”

The Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays last year after two years of reviewing the issue. In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Scouts' right to exclude gays because it's a private organization.

However, many want the ban repealed.

A lesbian Christian minister in Candler Park believes said it's time for the ban to be lifted because it is “very discriminatory.”

A Buckhead businessman has returned his hard-earned Eagle Scout badges to the Boy Scouts to protest the the ban.

A gay grandfather in Virginia Highland said he doesn't want his grandchildren in the scouts until they drop the ban.

What do you think about the Boy Scouts' ban on gay scouts and leaders? Should the ban remain or be repealed? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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ChrisCrossdresser April 01, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Typical RIGHT WING BREEDER BULL $HIT. "Religion is just a crutch for LO$ERS WHO CAN'T THINK FOR THEM SELFS; DON'T BE A LIMPING LO$ER, BEN!
ChrisCrossdresser April 01, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Really?? Then why is ALL WHITE, HOMOPHOBIC 'Buckhead Baseball' allowed to be a TAX EXEMPT TAX FREE 'NON-PROFIT' when they kick this U.S. law abiding gay crossdresser out of a city of Atlanta public park?? All i did was WALK ON THE PUBLIC SIDEWALK!
ChrisCrossdresser April 01, 2013 at 10:22 PM
www.StopBaptistPredators.com Dr. Charles Stanley employed a predator for 18 years & who about his past. 1st Baptist NEVER warned the parents what so ever; how sick & disgusting is that??? www.StopBaptistpredators.org/TommyGilmore.html
Stephen W. Ramsden April 09, 2013 at 11:00 AM
great comment Tommy...are we really debating this issue in 2013?
Stephen W. Ramsden April 09, 2013 at 11:01 AM
exactly what Jesus would do...not!
Stephen W. Ramsden April 09, 2013 at 11:02 AM
blame it on Obama...yawn
Amy Power April 09, 2013 at 06:54 PM
No, I want my kids to have a sex free environment, which they won't have if this is allowed.
Kevin Madigan (Editor) April 09, 2013 at 07:56 PM
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jMichael April 09, 2013 at 08:02 PM
You misread. Read thoughtfully, it reads"in Hell they lifted their eyes and discovered that it was populated with papists, prelates, preachermen and other fakes who make pretense for speaking the mind of the Almighty, and who hustle sin and pimp Jesus for base coin. Read correctly... Thoughtfully... You will understand that those of us who are decent human beings will live an eternity in the Divine Presence freed, finally from the degenerate sleaze of Christianity.
jimmie April 09, 2013 at 10:01 PM
And in the last days deceivers will come..disguised as learned men...they are satans last chance to deceive...good luck fools that follow them!!!
jimmie April 09, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Read thoughtfully you will burn in hell..read literally you'll see the way
jimmie April 09, 2013 at 10:07 PM
And the bible is referring to the evil man begging for a drip of water from the slave he mistreated..a slave who will live in heaven for eternity..while the unbeliever, even worse the false prophet..burns for eternity...
Watching From the Sidelines May 24, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Ignorance truly is bliss, as has been proven by the homophobic responses here. You are acting as if homosexuals just became part of society last week. Do you not realize that homosexuals have been around forever just as heterosexuals have? For those talking about the "Gay Agenda" can you please send me your copy that you received? I have yet to receive mine and quite honestly I am offended that I was left out. What is the Gay Agenda exactly? Are you talking about an attempt of a group of people to be treated equally in the eyes of the law so that they cannot be discriminated against, beat to death, dragged behind automobiles until their death, forced out of hospitals as their loved ones die, inherit their partner's assets that they both worked many years to obtain together, receive over 1,000 Legal Benefits that straight couples are currently entitled to by law, and simply live their life as a free and equal human being that, according to our Declaration of Independence clearly states: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." WHY do you think you have the RIGHT to LIMIT the RIGHTS of ANOTHER HUMAN BEING?? Homosexuals ARE NOT attempting to take away any rights that heterosexuals are given immediately upon BIRTH. They are simply fighting to have EQUAL RIGHTS and be treated as an EQUAL HUMAN BEING!
Rob May 24, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Yesterday the scouts voted to allow gay members, but not gay scout leaders. This is a great step forward allowing the gay youths to come into a Christian environment and be taught about the evil they possess. With this cleaver move by the scouts, it may help to "clean up" some of the troubled gay youth.
Watching From the Sidelines May 24, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Yeah....because it has worked so well for their straight, Caucasian, married pedophiles that are allowed to be in this group. The BSA is nothing more than a group of perverted, homophobic men, that get their rocks off by fondling little boys and sexually abusing them.
Watching From the Sidelines May 24, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Smith, you're not gay so quit lying. If you can't take part in a conversation without lying about yourself to try to make a certain group of people look bad then just move on. You are most definitely a Republican. You are most definitely NOT Gay.
Roger That May 24, 2013 at 09:34 PM
There is a reason that an individual's eye color is referred to as a "genetic" condition, and a reason sexual preference is referred to as an "orientation." One is an indisputable biological fact, the other is not. Just as a person is oriented to a particular type of music or food tastes, a lifestyle may be oriented through exposure, encouragement, and acceptance. If we are going to promote general sexual orientation as being indistinguishable from genetic traits, then we should not separate the sexes either. Men and women should serve equally and not separately in the military, sports, or any other field where separation is deemed applicable.
Stephen W. Ramsden May 24, 2013 at 11:17 PM
don Gabacho-- your not really gonna argue that gay people choose to be gay are you? when did you make your choice to be heterosexual, assuming you are, after examining all the options?
Stephen W. Ramsden May 24, 2013 at 11:17 PM
with a handle like bulldogger, I just assumed a few things...what a surprise
Stephen W. Ramsden May 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Crow Burger, when did you choose to be straight after reviewing all the options?
Stephen W. Ramsden May 24, 2013 at 11:24 PM
you don't want to "ruin" a good organization? You do realize that the BSA, like every other gathering of human beings on Earth, has had gay scoutmasters, gay boy scouts, gay administrative people, gay den mothers, etc... forced to deny their own genetic identity, since they began right? Wow....on the contrary, allowing a person to participate freely in BSA without having to hide the fact that they may or may not be gay would only IMPROVE the character of the organization. I can still remember without a seconds hesitation from 35 years ago when I was a scout: Courteous Kind Obedient Cheerful Thrifty Brave Clean Reverent I dont think Intolerant, anti-gay or bigoted fits too well in there.
Stephen W. Ramsden May 24, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Crow Burger, let me guess, your a geneticist by trade? lol again, when did you determine your sexual orientation after reviewing all the options?
Stephen W. Ramsden May 24, 2013 at 11:36 PM
where does it say that in the bible? "HOMOSEXUALITY IS AN ABOMINATION TO HIM!" just curious, not that I give a crap , just curious. Oh, it doesn't ? Oh OK... Thankfully that ridiculously controlling fairy tale doesn't rule the United States government.
John the Baptist May 25, 2013 at 12:03 AM
The only way for society to succeed is to repel the destruction of the family brought on by homosexuality.
John the Baptist May 25, 2013 at 12:33 AM
The boy scouts have apparently rotted from within. What pathetic leadership. They will sadly be irrelevant in a decade.
Roger That May 25, 2013 at 04:25 AM
Stephen, No, I'm not a geneticist (I am a plant pathologist which does include genetic studies). I don't think people "determine" their sexual orientation, except by way of choice. If a young man were to be raised in an Agoge today, would we blame him for being same-sex oriented? Would we think it strange if a group of people decided to live open and free without requiring a choice of sexual preference, or making marriage a prerequisite to procreation? The only thing your emotionally targeted question really asks is, "Why won't people accept me, let me influence others with my lifestyle, and allow me to procreate how I see fit?" The answer is: The law already allows it, so why seek social justice where none is needed?
jMichael May 25, 2013 at 07:25 AM
Please explain how the loving bonds and shared lives between like-sexed partners destroys the family. And given that conventional marriage is already a complete and utter farce (divorce rates, "illegitimate" childbirths, adultery, etc.), please explain how it is that homosexuals, rather than heterosexuals, are responsible for this farce. Finally, explain how it is that virtually all homosexuals are the products of heterosexual homes. We'll wait.
jMichael May 25, 2013 at 07:28 AM
Why is the heart, open to deep and abiding differences among innocent children, a rotted heart?
John the Baptist May 25, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Bible decrees it; all have sinned, marriage between two same sexers can't produce children which is the ultimate goal of marriage. Sin enters the home...sin attacks society...bottom line JM, if you don't believe in God, you are damned to hell no matter what excuses you try to make. Use your intelligent mind for good, not its current course of societal destruction. Off to chick fil a (my first employer 30 years ag0). Cheers
Andrew May 25, 2013 at 03:23 PM
The scouts have been through this before. All of you chicken littles will get over this, too. Be sure to pay attention to that last paragraph. http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/african-americans-boy-scout-movement

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