Boy Scouts expected to end ban on gay leaders: local impact

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Boy Scouts of America is expected to ratify a resolution Monday lifting a longstanding ban on openly gay troop leaders.

The move comes nearly two weeks after the groups executive committee voted to lift the ban.

The decision also bans discrimination based on sexual orientation in all of its paying jobs across the country.

The Boy Scouts is one of the largest youth organizations in the U.S., with more than 2 million members, but WNCT dug a little deeper to find out exactly how this would impact troops in your backyard.

In eastern North Carolina, there are 280 units across 20 counties, serving nearly 9,000 scouts.

If the Boy Scouts ratify the resolution, only church-based units would continue to have the choice of whether or not to accept gay leaders.

East Carolina Council Scout Executive Ray Franks oversees units here in the East. He sent us a copy of a letter sent to all charter partners and units in the area. He lists reasons the change is needed, one saying quote: “Our tax exempt status has been challenged in several states due to our present membership standard. Nearly half of our budget would be to pay property tax if we lost tax exempt status.”

Along with that letter, Franks sent out a revised code of conduct should the decision go as expected today.

We’ll keep you updated on their decision on air and online at WNCT.com.

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