POSTED: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 12:33pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 5:17pm
Longview, TX — A local Scoutmaster said Wednesday that the Boy Scouts of America’s delay in deciding on whether to open the door to gay membership gives the organization time to answer troubling questions.
Troop 259 leader Tony Raymond said he isn’t happy with what he’s heard.
“I don’t believe homosexuality is OK,” Raymond said. “And I’m not going to join an organization that says that that’s OK. ... We don’t appreciate people coming into the organization saying, ‘We want to join your organization, but we want to fit it to suit us.’ ”
Meeting in Irving this week, the national organization had been poised Wednesday to vote on a policy that would have allowed local troop sponsors to decide whether or not to accept gay members.
That would have been a loss for both sides of the debate that Raymond said he thought had been settled by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000. That year, the high court upheld the Scouts’ right to ban gay membership under the free association clause of the First Amendment.
“No, nobody’s happy with this decision,” said the Scout leader in Liberty City and Sabine. “If they lift (the ban) per chartering organization, nobody’s happy.”
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