Boy Scouts Consider Lifting Ban on Gay Members

BANGOR - One of the nation's most well known organizations may be making a major policy change. 
The Boy Scouts of America are considering changing their stance on not allowing gay members to join their organization.
 
They are expected to vote on the issue in may.  Their statement in full is below.
 

"This week we will celebrate Scouting’s 103rd anniversary, and our focus has remained the same, working together to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.
 
Sexual orientation is one of the most complex and divisive issues in society today. The BSA does not have an agenda on the matter, and discussing this issue is not the role of Scouting or the focus of the organization. However, the BSA has become one of the focal points in society’s ongoing debate on the issue.
 
It is clear that no single policy will accommodate all viewpoints within the Scouting family on the issue. Nor can Scouting be the place to resolve divergent viewpoints in society. For 103 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been a part of the fabric of this nation, providing its youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.
 
In the past two weeks, Scouting has received an outpouring of feedback from the American public. It reinforces how deeply people care about Scouting and how passionate they are about the organization. After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy.
 
To that end, the executive board directed its committees to further engage representatives of Scouting’s membership and listen to their perspectives and concerns. This will assist the officers’ work on a resolution on membership standards. The approximately 1,400 voting members of the national council will take action on the resolution at the national meeting in May 2013.
 
America needs Scouting, and our policies must be based on what is in the best interest of our nation’s children. We believe good people can disagree and still work together to accomplish great things for youth.
 
Going forward, I’m asking all of you in our Scouting family to work with us and to stay focused on that which unites us, reaching and serving young people to help them grow into good, strong citizens.
 
With your help, we can accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we
serve.
Thank you."
 
 
Andrew Scheinthal

Weekend Anchor/Reporter
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Andrew joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 News team in June of 2012. Since a young child he always wanted to pursue a career in Broadcast Journalism, and is honored to start his journey in Eastern Maine. He enjoys nothing more than meeting the members of the community and sharing their stories with our viewers.

Raised in Houston, Texas, Andrew graduated from Suffolk University located in Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in Communications. Before moving up to the Pine Tree State, Andrew was a student reporter for The Morning Show on New England Cable News (NECN).

When not in the newsroom, Andrew enjoys volunteering at the Bangor Humane Society. You can see him there at least once a week interacting with many of the dogs. He also enjoys cooking, reading, watching his favorite movies, and going to the gym.

Make sure to say hi when you see him on the streets, and mention Finding Nemo (his favorite movie) if you want some brownie points!

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