THE US Boy Scouts’ New York branch has challenged the organisation’s national ban on openly gay members by hiring a gay man as a camp leader.
The scouts’ Greater New York Councils said on Thursday that they had hired Pascal Tessier, an 18-year-old Eagle Scout who achieved US scouting’s highest rank last year.
He was the first openly gay scout to do so and is one of the most prominent scouts speaking out to change the ban.
Board member Richard G Mason said the councils saw Mr Tessier as “an exemplary candidate for camp leader.”
Boy Scouts of America national spokesman Deron Smith said there was no change in the body’s national policy.
Regarding the New York decision, Mr Smith said: “We are looking into the matter.”
The US Boy Scouts changed its policy in 2013 to allow openly gay scouts, but barred gay adults as leaders.