Boy Scouts Asking For Public Input On Lifting Ban

boy scoutsAs 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.

Calls are being accepted at the BSA’s National Service desk at 972-580-2330, where a representative asks callers: “Are you for or against the change in policy?”
You can also e-mail, or visit GLAAD’s resource page, Tell the Boy Scouts for more options.
A vote is expected to be taken during the Boy Scouts’ National Board of Directors meeting, which wraps February 6. So don’t dally—contact them today!
A side note: We’re excited at the prospect of the ban lifting, but according to the New York Times, they’re just passing the buck to the regional chapters:

“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.