ADL Welcomes Boy Scouts' Decision to End Ban on Gay Leaders

New York, NY, July 27, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the Boy Scouts of America vote finally ending its longstanding policy of banning membership to gay troop leaders. The organization’s national board voted today to ratify a resolution eliminating its ban on openly gay adults in scouting.

In 2013, when the Boy Scouts ended its ban on gay youth, ADL urged the organization to abolish their remaining discriminatory policies.
Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair, and Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL National Director issued the following statement:
We welcome the Boy Scouts’ decision to finally end their discriminatory policy of excluding gay adults in scouting. Lifting this ban will allow longtime scouts to continue their participation with the organization and gay and lesbian scout parents will have the opportunity to participate as scoutmasters.
We continue to believe that no one should be denied the opportunity to participate in any Boy Scout troop because of their sexual orientation and hope that all chartering troops are able to embrace the inclusive values articulated in this resolution.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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