Lynchburg Parent Reacts to Gays in the Boy Scouts
Lynchburg, VA - After word that the Boy Scouts could tweak its policy on gays serving as leaders, there locals involved in scouting are reacting.
The anti-gay policy has fallen under heavy criticism for years.
Even if the no-gays policy is changed, each local organization will have the independence to decide for itself whether to follow the change or not.
Talk of a policy change has at least one parent in Lynchburg concerned.
Chuck Hurt is the proud dad of three Eagle Scouts. He says that scouting, a 100-year-old American tradition, is in his blood.
"I was involved in scouting as a kid," said Hurt.
Hurt says homosexuality goes against his faith.
"I don't like that idea at all actually because of my religious beliefs. And because scouting has traditionally not had that as part of it," said Hurt.
After standing by its policy a year ago and not allowing gays, some corporations stopped donating to the scouts. Adding pressure, videos like Derek Nance's have gone viral. A former Eagle Scout staff member and gay man, Nance took his protest online.
"The first step to coming to agreement on this issue is to drop the old pretenses and stereotypes and to start actually talking," said Nance.
If changed, the policy would give local scouts more power to choose their troop.
"BSA members and parents would be able to choose a local unit which best meets the needs of their families," said a media release from the Boy Scouts of America.
For Hurt, the Boy Scouts are entering uncharted territory.
"Scouting is about growing leadership in young boys, and sexual issues are not something that would be part of that typically," said Hurt.
"I hope to once again wear this badge with honor without having to hide who I actually am," said Nance.
A decision is expected as early as next week.