Alameda Council

Representatives of Alameda’s local Boy Scout council will be voting in favor of a proposal to lift their national organization’s ban on gay youths – and will recommend the Boy Scouts of America extend that change to adults.

The leaders of the Alameda Council voted unanimously on Thursday to support a proposal to be voted on May 23 that would lift the national organization’s ban on gay youth. The vote followed a survey that showed an overwhelming percentage of Alameda’s Scouting community opposes the ban, a view that was reiterated by members in letters and at a meeting held Wednesday.

More than three-quarters of the adults involved in Boy Scouts in Alameda oppose their national organization’s policy of barring gay Scout leaders and members, survey results obtained by The Alamedan show, with parents of the organization’s youngest participants making up the highest percentage of those who think the policy is wrong.