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Reactions from Lift of Gay Ban in Boy Scouts


The decision to lift the gay ban in boy scouts has some people rethinking their involvement in the organization.

But Committee Chairman Joe Robb thinks he has no other choice.

He has decided to resign from his position after 14 years of involvement.

"I feel that they're pushing an agenda on our boys that shouldn't even be there and it's sad that it came to this and they're going to have to face the consequences," said Robb.

But he isn't the only one leaving. He expects many others who are part of the scouts to join him.

"There's going to be fallout at the council level and at the troop level," Robb said. "We have parents that are pulling their boys out of their own troop."

Although the Boy Scouts allow openly gay members, once they turn 18 they are no longer welcome in the organization. That's because they're still enforcing their ban on gay adults.

"That is a very mixed message to send to our kids that have gone through the program," said Emily Dievendorf, managing director at equality Michigan.

Others lIke Emily think that this is a step in the right direction, and the organization needs to continue to move toward acceptance.

"The boy scouts of America needs to continue to evolution towards inclusion and catch up with the sentiment of the rest of the country and the rest of Americans who believe in equality and support fairness," said Dievendorf.

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