Boy Scouts end ban on openly gay troop leaders
NEW YORK (CBS) -- Monday, the Boy Scouts of America executive committee is expected to end its longstanding ban on gay troop leaders. In May, Organization President and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates spoke about the policy, saying it was time for the 105-year-old institution to make a change:
"We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be," said Gates.
While many are celebrating the shift in policy, others say it doesn't go far enough. Under the decision, church-based units can continue to choose adult leaders whose "beliefs are consistent with their own." The decision does ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in all of its paying jobs across the country.
Gates and other executives hope the change in policy will help boost enrollment in the youth organization.
The Boy Scouts has seen a steady decline in membership in recent years. Last year the organization began to accept openly gay scouts, but not gay adults as troop leaders.