Scouts considering retreat from no-gays policy

Scouts considering retreat from no-gays policy

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on January 28, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 29 at 12:42 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Boys Scouts of America is considering a dramatic change in its controversial policy of excluding gays as leaders and youth members.

The reversal of the long standing ban on homosexuals could come as early as next week, according to NBC News.

Matt Comer is the editor of a gay community paper in Charlotte. He has kept the Scout uniform that he had when he was kicked out back when he was living in Winston Salem.

"You know, my being kicked out in 2000, I was just 14 years old and I had just come out of the closet as gay," said Comer. "It was very hurtful."

He welcomes word that the Scouts appear set to reverse the ban on gays.

"Even organizations like the Boy Scouts and other conservative organizations, they see the cultural shift happening. They know LGBT people are getting more equality and acceptance in every walk of life," Comer said.

The new policy is expected to leave decisions on membership to local governing councils and the churches and civic groups that sponsor Scout troops.

Comer said admitting gay kids and leaders would make scouting better.

"If the new policy comes to fruition there is going to be a whole generation of young boys and young men who will be able to be in membership and leadership and not have to worry," he said.

The Mecklenburg County Council of Boy Scouts did not return a request for a comment Monday night.
 

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