Boy Scouts of America leaders meeting in Orlando debate allowing openly gay members and leaders.
As the Boy Scouts of America ponder whether to allow homosexuals to be Scout leaders, a number Scouting officials debated the issue Saturday morning in downtown Orlando, Florida.
About 800 Scout leaders, including the national leader of the group, participated in a leaders' summit to discuss Scouting topics.
At the end of that session, dozens of Scout leaders and parents staged a news conference to announce the formation of a Scout group opposed to allowing "open homosexuality" by adults in the Boy Scouts.
"The Boy Scouts are one of the great jewels of American culture," said John Stemberger, Eagle Scout and founder of OnMyHonor.net. "We support the current policy of scouting, which is backed by over 100 years of tradition and allows anyone to participate irrespective of sexual orientation, only disallowing the open and aggressive promotion of homosexuality and political agendas. When it comes to young boys, parents have the final say on the issues of sex and politics."
Stemberger is well-known in Florida as the leader of a 2008 constitutional amendment campaign defining marriage as being one man and one woman.
After debating the issue last month and deciding to give it more study, the BSA is scheduled to prepare a policy in April and for national delegates to vote on in May.
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