Chatting in the living room one night, Ron Orr gave his 15-year-old son Andrew a choice: He could stick with the Boy Scouts of America and his mission to become an Eagle Scout, or he could join Trail Life USA — the new Christian-based alternative that excludes openly gay boys.
The Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday that it lost 6 percent of its membership after an often-bruising year in which it announced it would accept openly gay boys for the first time, over the objections of some participants who eventually left the organization.
The Boy Scouts of America’s policy excluding gay members and leaders could be up for a vote as soon as Wednesday, when the organization’s national executive board meets behind closed doors under intense pressure from several sides.
Gov. Rick Perry is set to address an annual gathering of Boy Scouts from around Texas — even as the group’s national leadership mulls a move away from its mandatory no-gays membership policy.