News that the Boy Scouts of America organization may soon be changing its long-standing opposition to gay scouts and gay scout adults leaders, inspired intense conversations nationwide Tuesday.
Here in Ada, and throughout this area, leaders agree nothing will change in this area. Openly gay scouts and scout leaders will still not be allowed to join Boy Scout troops in this area.
In fact, they say it’s never even been an issue here.
Under the change now being discussed, the different religious and civic groups that sponsor Scout units would be able to decide for themselves how to address the issue — either maintaining an exclusion of gays, as is now required of all units, or opening up their membership.
Sponsors include local and area churches and civic clubs, which own the individual scout charters.
Ada is in the Harry Miller District, which includes Pontotoc, Coal and Atoka counties, all of which are members of the Arbuckle Area Council of Boy Scouts of America.
“I can tell you now, nothing’s going to change in scouting here,” said Doug Crowson, senior district executive for the Boy Scouts of America.
“Until the actual decision — whatever it may be — is given out on Monday, we’re not going to comment.” he said.
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