Gay scouts and troop leaders may be able to take part in Boy Scouts

By Lia Kananipuamaeole Kamana
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer
Last week the Boy Scouts of America announced that it is considering an end to the organization’s ban on gay troop leaders and scouts. A national board meeting in May will decide the issue. If the board were to decide to lift the ban on gays, it would still leave the final decisions on membership and leadership up to the individual troops and sponsors. “I believe it would cause animosity and trouble amongst troops that are OK with it and those that aren’t,” said Irfan Mir, a current MSU junior majoring in neuroscience, who once was a part of Troop 164 in Okemos, Mich.         

Tyler Beck, a junior at Michigan State University who was involved with Troop 292 in Kalamazoo prior to it moving, said that the he believes the lift of the ban would cause problems with older members and sponsors.