Kensington Family Calls for End to Ban Against Gays in Boy Scouts
The family spoke out on BBC News.
- February 10, 2013
The Tessier family of Kensington has a long tradition in Scouting.
Now the family is calling for the Boy Scouts of America to accept openly gay members and leaders.
Lucien Tessier, 20, and brother, Pascal, 16, told BBC News they have both been supported by their local troop since coming out as gay in high school.
Under national criticism for its 100-year ban against gay Scouts and leaders, the BSA Executive Board was expected to repeal the policy, leaving the decision up to individual troops.
But a decision has been delayed until at least May.
"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," the BSA said in a statement on its website.
Last week, President Obama said he supported lifting the ban. (See accompanying video.)
"My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunities, the same way as everyone else does, in every institution and walk of life," Obama said in a CBS News interview. "The Scouts are a great institution that are promoting young people and exposing them to opportunities and leadership that will serve people for the rest of their lives. And I think nobody should be barred from that."
See the Tessier family's video interview with the BBC here.
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