scouting-smThe Texas-based Boy Scouts of America will vote next week on whether to remove the nationwide ban on gay members and scout leaders. However, it would still be up to local units to decide whether to allow gay scouts and leaders.

“The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members, or parents,” said a spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America, Deron Smith, in a statement. “This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, and the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with each organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs.” (New York Times)

On today’s Which Way, LA? we’ll talk about the potential change, and what it means here in Los Angeles, with Victor Zuniga, field director for the Scouts’ Los Angeles Area Council; and Tim Walker, a former Eagle Scout and ex-employee of Boy Scouts of America who lives in Eagle Rock, among others.

In the meantime, if you need a refresher on the Scouts oath, check out this vintage commercial featuring a very young Christian Slater:

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  • Kamuel

    To me. the BSA's lifting of the ban on gays seems a little premature given the fact that gays have only just begun to break from the old concept of homosexuality that we all grew up hearing about in the schoolyard. Anthropology proves that homosexuality can take vastly different forms, and that factor still isn't being taken into account, 44 years after the Stonewall riots. It seems to me that gay people have jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire, still identifying with a traditional cultural form which is largely dysfunctional. The Boy Scout oath contains the words "mentally awake." I'm not comfortable with a guy teaching my son how to be a man who can't see that the form his culture is taking in the time and place he was born is a factor in this issue.