Statement: President Applauds BSA Policy Change
The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued the following statement reacting to the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) recent policy change:
“I applaud the Boy Scouts of America for amending its adult leadership standards policy to include gay scout leaders. The development of a more inclusive BSA will not only strengthen it as an organization, but will benefit all boys and young men who look to scouting for guidance.
As a faith community, Unitarian Universalists have spoken out in support of full inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people for many years. This position, grounded in our religious convictions, has unfortunately put us into conflict with the BSA. Despite this conflict, the UUA has always acknowledged the many benefits that scouting offers to boys and young men. In fact, it is the recognition of these many benefits that was part of our motivation in calling for a more inclusive BSA.
Given the BSA’s recent policy change, I look forward to initiating a dialogue between our two organizations in order to re-establish right relations. Together, we can create a welcoming community for all UU boys and young men who want to participate in scouting.”