Times may be changing for the Boy Scouts of America.

Sources close to a discussion on ending a decades-long policy of banning gay scouts and leaders say it may soon be overturned, reports NBC News. A decision by the national executive board is expected to be released as early as next week.

We, for one, are thrilled to see the national organization change with the times. After all, part of the mission statement of the BSA is to “help other people at all times” and “to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” Okay, straight jokes aside, we would be happy for our sons to take this oath to heart and learn that people are people, regardless of sexual orientation.

If the new policy is adopted by the national organization’s rules, the local chapters would still be free to decide whether or not to admit gay members.

“The chartered organizations that oversee and deliver scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs,” said Deron Smith, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America.

According to Smith, that leaves the decision up to the scouts’ parents or sponsors, saying they “would be able to choose a local unit which best meets the needs of their families.”

Source: NBC News

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