Case Study: Boy Scouts of America Anti-Gay Policy

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Case Study: Boy Scouts of America Anti-gay Policy Ronald Graves Sullivan University CMM401X May 31, 2013 Abstract As a private organization, the Boy Scouts of America legally have the right to exclude members but their stance or policy banning both gay scouts and leaders is the core issue which has led to conflict between those opposing the anti-gay policy and those in support of the policy. The current conflict surrounding the Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policy is not new to the organization as their ban on gay scouts and leaders has been a point of contention for many years. Supporters of the anti-gay policy want to keep the ban on gay members in place to align with the religious views and core values of the organization, while opponents of the policy are taking the position of inclusive membership, allowing for gay members and leaders to openly participate in the Boy Scouts of America. Keywords: anti-gay policy, ban, conflict, organization, members, leaders, exclude, Introduction The purpose of this paper is to analyze the conflict between the opponents and proponents of the Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policy by applying the ten conflict resolution strategies, as presented in Resolving Conflicts at Work: Ten Strategies for Everyone on the Job (2011) by Kenneth Cloke and Joan Goldsmith. The application of the ten conflict resolution strategies will lead to a better understanding of the true nature of the conflict surrounding the Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policy and offer up potential solutions to resolve said conflict. Overview The Boy Scouts of America were established in 1910 and throughout the organization’s 103- year old history, banning gay members and adult leaders has been a common practice of the organization. The Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policy which bans "open or avowed
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