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and members of the Scouting commu- nity did not express their support for a local chartered organization policy. (You can read more about the in-depth findings of the BSA’s listening phase by visiting bsamembershipstandards.org and clicking on “Voting Information.”) Only after gathering this feedback


did the BSA Executive Committee draft a resolution to be voted on by members at May’s meeting. Although the resolution called for an open policy among youth members, feed- back from Scouting stakeholders did not support amending the mem- bership standards for adult leaders. Therefore, this was not included in the resolution. At the voter information meeting,


Perry reiterated that it was with this feedback, as well as discussion within his personal-faith network as a member of the LDS church, that he arrived at his own opinion: Amending the membership-standards policy to include all youth is “the right decision for Scouting.” After commentary from the Key 3,


voting members were invited to share their thoughts and concerns regard- ing the resolution. One representative questioned the interpretation of “morally straight” in the Scout Oath. To this, Perry replied that, with the policy change, “No matter the sexual orientation, Scouts cannot act on their


SEPTEMBER•OCTOBER 2013 ¿ S COUTING 31


National President Wayne Perry announces the voting results, approval of a resolution amending the BSA’s membership policy, removing the restriction excluding youth based solely on sexual orientation.


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