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No Word From Local Boy Scout Chapters On Policy Change... Yet

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Boy Scouts of America leaders are weighing the possibility of lifting its ban on homosexual members and leaders, but a nation-wide policy could do little to nothing to effect change at local clubs throughout the country.

A statement by the organization said chartered clubs would accept membership and select leaders based on its mission, principles, or religious beliefs.

After a request by Texas Public Radio to the Boy Scouts of America Alamo Area Council, communications executive Angel Martinez, III, forwarded a statement by CEO Michael de los Santos.

The statement said that the matter is an internal issue and that it is an internal national policy discussion. “No decision has been made at this time,” he said.

“As a local Boy Scout Council chartered to the National Boy Scouts of America, our united focus is on working together to deliver the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training."

Martinez said that an interview with de los Santos is possible and arrangements are being made to speak in person. But the statement remains unclear as to which direction the local chapter would go should the national ban be lifted.

Ryan Loyd was Texas Public Radio's city beat and political reporter. He left the organization in December, 2014.