Scouting Leader Pleads for Patience; Advises Delaying Decision on Gays

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Scouting Leader Pleads for Patience; Advises Delaying Decision on Gays


Byline: Cheryl Wetzstein, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Boy Scout executives should delay making any decision about changing the national membership policy on gays until the organization's councils have had a chance to speak on the issue, a Boy Scouts of America council leader said Tuesday.

We're the largest council in the United States. We have not been involved in this discussion one bit, and neither have a lot of other BSA councils, said Kay Godfrey, director of development and public relations for the Great Salt Lake Council in Utah, which represents 33 councils and 540,000 youth members.

For years, the BSA has not permitted open gays to join the organization. This membership policy was reaffirmed in July, so when the BSA announced Jan. 28 that its leaders were going to consider rescinding it, We were caught totally off guard, said Mr. Godfrey.

The Great Salt Lake Council has urged members of the BSA National Executive Board to delay their decision when they vote Wednesday.

We want to be engaged in the discussion process, said Mr. …

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