Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker opened his presidential candidacy speech with a story from his time in Boy Scouts, and he frequently cites being an Eagle Scout to illustrate his Americana appeal and preparedness.
But the Boy Scouts of today is quickly becoming an organization Walker may not recognize.
The Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Committee voted unanimously this week on a directive that would allow gay adults to serve as employees and troop leaders.
In response to the vote, Walker told IJReview:
“I was an Eagle Scout, my kids have been involved, Tonette (Walker) was a den mother.
“I have had a lifelong commitment to the Scouts and support the previous membership policy because it protected children and advanced Scout values."
The directive would still allow individual troops to decide whether or not to permit gay leaders, but lifts the ban that had previously affected all troops. The Boy Scouts’ 80-member executive board will make a final vote on the directive July 27th.
The Boy Scouts of America decided to allow openly gay youths to join the organization in March 2013, a policy that went into effect Jan. 1, 2014.