A spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America says it is discussing “potentially removing” membership restriction on sexual orientation. If approved, it would mean there would no longer be a national policy regarding sexual orientation, but individual organizations can make decisions consistent with their organizations’ mission, principles or religious beliefs. Spokesman Deron Smith told Fox News that members could choose a local unit that best meets the needs of their families. In 2012, more than 2.6 million scouts and 1 million adults were members of the Boy Scouts of America nationwide.
In York County, Ronald Gardner, the Scout Executive and CEO of the New Birth of Freedom Council for the Boy Scouts of America issued the following statement, “This is an internal national policy discussion, and no decision has been made. I can say that local councils agree to support the decisions made by the volunteer national executive board. Our united focus is on working together to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.”