Scouts May Lift Homosexual Policy, But Not For Adults

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The Boy Scouts of America could soon lift a long-standing policy that prohibits homosexual boys from joining the organization.

The 103-year-old group decided last Friday to lift the policy on homosexuality for young men, but will continue to bar gay adult men from serving as leaders in the organization. The decision must be ratified in a nationwide vote to be held next month.

Gay rights advocacy groups still want adults included in the revised statement.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.