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Diatribe: Boy Scouts Of America Vote To Delay Discrimination Until Members Turn Eighteen.

05/24/2013

BoyScouts_Gay_BanI watched the news closely, yesterday, waiting for headlines related to the Boy Scouts of America to appear. Over sixty percent of the organization’s 1,400 delegates from Scouting across the country voted to end a controversial policy banning gay kids and teens from joining the popular youth organization. The ban on LGBT leaders, however, was not voted on and will remain in place.

“This resolution today dealt with youth. We have not changed our adult membership standards. They have served us well for the last 100 years. Those were not on the table.” – Tico Perez, BSA National Commissioner

This means, essentially, that gay scouts will still be kicked out at eighteen, that LGBT parents are still unfairly excluded, and that the Boy Scouts of America is still the largest youth group teaching discrimination.

“This is the first step in beginning the process to evolution and we all know what evolution leads to. We look forward to Scouting to go all the way.” – Zach Wahls of Scouts for Equality.

Just last summer, the Boy Scouts reaffirmed their anti-gay policy after a two-year examination by a committee. Since then, some local chapters and the court of public opinion had been pushing for a reconsideration.

“The BSA’s executive committee unanimously presented this resolution because it stays true to Scouting’s mission and remains focused on kids. No matter what your opinion is on this issue, America needs Scouting, and our policies must be based on what is in the best interest of our nation’s children.” – BSA President Wayne Perry in an op-ed written for USA TODAY

Currently, nearly three million children participate in scouting. The new membership guidelines could drive many away … and I think that’s fine. While the new membership guidelines might seem like a step in the right direction, all they really do is reinforce the organizations commitment to discrimination while delaying its implementation.

Do you think the Boy Scouts numbers will fall in years to come?

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4 Comments
  1. I just find it odd that they say to a young gay bot, “Please join our group” and then say to a young gay man, “Get out, you can’t be a leader because you’re gay.”
    Half-assed.

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  2. Yup stupid.

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  3. They may lose some folks, but they may also gain some folks as well. By not allowing gays, they were teaching a horrible lesson to the kids which runs counter to the mission of teaching right from wrong. They have made a first step and we eventually take a second one. So, we should focus on that positive step. Thanks for posting this. BTG

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