The Orange County Council is a chartered member of the Boy Scouts of America, therefore it is not granted a religious exemption, Herrmann said. The Santa Ana-based countywide group formed in 1920 and last year served almost 23,000 youths, according to the organization’s annual report.
The Boy Scouts of America executive board’s vote Monday to remove its ban on openly gay troop leaders and employees
prohibits discrimination against paid workers or at BSA-owned facilities. However, some religious-sponsored groups can choose whether to allow openly gay volunteers.
Faith-based groups, like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, run about 70 percent of all Boy Scout troops, according to the Washington Post.
“The nuance here is that if you’re a faith-based organization, you will be able to use your religious beliefs as a criteria for selecting adult leaders,” Herrmann said.