NewsNation | February 06, 2013
>> hour to why the enjoy r boy skous of america may have decided to wait until may to vote on whether to lift the ban on gay members and scout leaders. the decision was expected to come down in a statement. after careful considerationy ing in the family along with comments on the outside of the organization , the boy scouts on the board concluded that due to the complexity of the issue, the organization needs time for deliberate review on the policy. all of this happening as a poll shows the majority of americans, 55% think the boy scouts should drop their policy on gay numbers and 33% believe it should remain. the boy scoutmaster who took the issue to the supreme court and he declared he was gay and told he was no longer welcome. they said they had the right to exclude gays. let me get your reaction to the news. we were expecting this to come down and reports indicated the scouts would vote in favor of this decision and here we are. what do you make of the decision?
>> it's upsetting that the boy scouts delay the inevitable of removing this toxic policy of discriminating against gay kids. if they end the ban once and for all, that's 8 great thing.
>> the delay according to the organization was a result of the comments of those outside the organization . do you believe the comments that are weighing heavily on the scouts is one, for example, your point of view or do you believe people like rick santorum . wednesday's vote say challenge to the scouts's very nature and another attempt of the left to remove god in the mind of the intolerant liberal mind that must be forced to conform. do you believe your voice is being considered or rick santorum and other who is agree with him.
>> i think it's the voice of the 21% of the boy scouts that exited the organization over the past 13 years. that's the voice. the voice of the president of the united states of america on sunday. i think the boy scouts are going to do what's right and come down and decide this policy does not work for gay youth.
>> they want more deliberate review of the membership policy. what do you believe that means?
>> this sounds like the don't ask don't tell policy in the military in the 90s. it took them 15, 16 years to overturn that policy. there is a tremendous amount of damage done during that time. the don't ask don't tell policy was dropped and it's a nonissue. once they stop being so fearful, they will realize this policy is only hurting them.
>> i want to read what the southern baptist convention had to say. what they said to us and other religious leaders is they are doing this under pressure. we are going to give people what basically amounts to local option . you can't have a local option of a core conviction. back to the question regarding this statement saying that they have decided to listen to comments from those outside the organization . do you believe folks like richard land and rick santorum are among those that the scouts are weighing what they said? they put that in there for a reason. they arelistening to people outside of the organization .
>> those are right wing fringe groups. they are listening to the moms and dads and volunteer scoutmasters and kids in scouting that think discrimination is wrong and they know the damage being done. i don't think it's about the talking head right wingers, but real americans.
>> do you have a timeline or information regarding when the scouts may make this move and have they offered to hear from someone like yourself as they say they will deliberately take a review of the membership policy?
>> i would welcome a discussion and a conversation with the boy scouts of america on highway to end the policy that is hurting children both gay and non-gay. i have not heard from them and the boy scouts of america since i was expelled at the age of 19 in 1990 .
>> you are such a significant part of the story. greatly appreciate your time.