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Coalition Aims to ‘Keep Scouting Free of Sex and Politics’

Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 02:29 PM

By Lisa Barron

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A splinter group of parents and Scouting leaders plans to launch a national campaign Saturday aimed at keeping "open homosexuality" out of the Boy Scouts of America, according to a press release distributed Thursday.

Describing itself as a coalition of "concerned BSA members who affirm Scouting's timeless values," the group said it would hold its announcement following a town hall meeting in Orlando of the BSA Central Florida Council, one of the largest Scouting councils in the country.

The group's campaign, dubbed "Keep Scouting Free of Sex and Politics," is sure to grab the attention of BSA CEO Wayne Brock and BSA National Commissioner Tico Perez, who will be attending the town hall gathering.

The new coalition said in its release that it hopes to "influence the resolution committee, the BSA voting delegates, and the general public regarding the legal, social, political and financial implications" of a proposal to change the current BSA membership policy that bans gays.

BSA lawyers are in the process now of drawing up a draft resolution on whether to allow openly gay members to join the Scouting program. The resolution is scheduled for release on April 22 and will be voted on at the BSA national council meeting May 22-23 in Grapevine, Texas.

The coalition group said it plans to use rallies, petitions, and speaking opportunities to communicate concerns about the possible policy change.

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