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Parents Rally Against Lifting Ban on Gay Boy Scouts

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Michael Harty and other local Boy Scout families rally against lifting the ban on gay scouts.

Michael Harty and other local Boy Scout families rally against lifting the ban on gay scouts.

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Protestors rallied outside a local Boy Scout headquarters Friday in opposition of a nationwide proposal to lift the ban on gay scouts.

About a dozen demonstrators from various troops expressed their arguments for maintaining the current ban.

“The Boy Scouts tradition is about something not having to do with sexuality,” said parent Linda Briggs-Harty, “The whole society is becoming so overly sexualized.”

Former St. Charles County Executive Joe Ortwerth, now the Executive Director with the Missouri Family Policy Center, was also at the rally.

“The Boy Scouts have always been about duty to God and country,” Ortwerth said, “about being clean and reverent, being people of integrity, and sexual integrity is part of that.”

Parent Tara Collver with Troop 313 in Des Peres says the Boy Scouts are under pressure to change.

“There’s a larger agenda,” Collver said, “Their mission has been to make it so we accept it as another part of being normal, and we don’t feel it’s a normal behavior.”

Supporters of lifting the ban, including President Obama, argue that all boys, regardless of their sexual orientation have a right to be Boy Scouts.

“My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does in every institution and walk of life,” President Obama told CBS news in February.

The vote on lifting the ban is scheduled for May 23rd among a meeting of a Boy Scout leaders from around the country in Grapevine, Texas.

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