KUSA - The Boy Scouts of America is still soliciting opinions on the proposed change to its membership policy to allow gay Scouts and leaders.
Monday, the Denver Area Council is holding its first meeting for members and leaders to answer questions about the process the BSA is going through to weigh the impacts of the change.
Local parents of Scouts are sharing their feelings as well.
Chuck and Rhonda Montera have two sons in Cub Scouts. They say when they were conflicted when they enrolled their sons because of the policy banning gay Scouts and leaders. They say many of the other parents in their sons' den did not even know about the policy.
They are in favor of the proposed change and say had they known about the policy beforehand they'd be reluctant to have their sons participate in the Scouting program.
"It's not right to exclude people based on sexual orientation," Chuck said. "Really it's the same principal as excluding like we did in the 1960s and 1950s based on color."
9NEWS sought out interviews with a family opposed to the proposed change for several weeks, but most who feel the current policy should not be changed are reluctant to speak publicly.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a major sponsor of the BSA and has chartered troops in its churches for decades. A spokesman said the church is evaluating the possible impact a change in the membership policy will have and did not want to publicly take an opinion.
LDS spokesman Michael Purdy issued the following statement:
"For 100 years, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has enjoyed a strong, rewarding relationship with Boy Scouts of America as both organizations have worked to build and strengthen the moral character and leadership skills of young men.
The recent announcement that BSA planned to make a policy change in its standards for membership and leadership has triggered intense debate from many segments of society. We believe BSA has acted wisely in delaying a vote on this policy issue until the implications can be more carefully evaluated.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is carefully assessing the consequences of this policy change on the Church's program to build and strengthen young men, but it has not commented on it and a decision will not be made until we have assessed all of the implications. We caution others not to speculate about our position or to assume that individual Latter-day Saints inside or outside the scouting movement speak for the Church. Neither has the Church launched any campaign either to effect or prevent a policy change."
The Boy Scouts of America is scheduled to vote on the matter at a national volunteer meeting in May.
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