Lowcountry leaders concerned about parental reaction to vote by Scouts to allow openly gay boys

Terri Hall, left, of San Antonio, Texas, stands with her son Nathaniel Hall, 8, as they hold signs near where the Boy Scouts of America are holding their annual meeting Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Grapevine, Texas. Delegates to the meeting approved a proposal to allow gay scouts into the organization.

The Boy Scouts of America’s National Council voted today to allow openly gay boys to be accepted as Scouts.

Gay adults will remain barred from serving as Scout leaders.

The proposal was put before the roughly 1,400 voting members of the BSA’s National Council at a meeting in Grapevine, Texas.

“We have been told by many parents that if the policy is changed that they will remove their children from Scouting. I hope this is not the case,” said Legare Clement, Scout executive for the Coastal Carolina Council.

The Coastal Carolina Council has 8,500 Scouts in Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Georgetown, Hampton and Jasper coutnies.

Nine of the voting delegates are members of the Coastal Carolina Council’s Board of Directors.

Scouting represents approximately 2.6 million youth and 1 million adult members across the nation, with diverse beliefs about a number of important issues.


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