The Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America says it is pleased with the national policy to accept gay boys into the organization.
The decision came yesterday when the BSA's National Council voted to accept gay scouts but not gay Scout leaders. Of the 1,400 voting members 61% voted to support the proposal.
"Over the years, the Narragansett Council has taken a leadership role in asking the National Council for a fair, open, honest and in-depth review of the national membership standards. Today's vote was part of that on-going process," said David Preston, Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Spokesperson.
The statement continued, The Narragansett Council looks forward to continuing to play a leadership role in the on-going national conversation, as it evolves within the organization, about membership standards that are appropriate for the 21st Century.
Meanwhile, we will continue to serve the Boy Scout Mission, which is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over the course of their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. We will continue to focus our energy on our children, and ask others to join us in doing the same."