As you probably heard, the Boy Scouts of America is considering lifting its ban on openly gay scouts and scoutmasters. Well, we’ve gotten a note from GLAAD indicating the BSA is accepting public feedback about the possible change.
“The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members, or parents,” said a spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America, Deron Smith, in a statement. “This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, and the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with each organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs.”
That means gay kids who happen to grow up in progressive neighborhoods will be welcomed with open arms. But those in small-minded communities face the same ban they always have.
Does that make sense?
We encourage everyone to contact the Scouts and urge them to end this ban—and maybe adopt a national non-discrimination policy while they’re at it.