Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Boston Globe: After losing 25% of its membership after 2000 court case allowing it to expel gay scouts, Boy Scouts of America should accept local control

The Globe finds a BSA proposed resolution hypocritical in allowing a Scout under 18 to be gay but not to be involved in Scouting once he turns 18 and especially unfair to gay Scouts who complete their Eagle Scout requirements before age 18 but whose paperwork is approved after they turn 18 — and are ineligible for further participation or recognition from Scouting.

...On May 23, the 1,400-member national board will vote on a resolution to drop its ban on gay Scouts, but maintain a ban on gay adult leaders. This is not a sustainable solution in a nation that increasingly accepts homosexuality. The BSA’s 70-member National Executive Board attempted to drop the ban for both youth and adults last February but was met by protests from religious conservatives. In response, the BSA decided to put the vote to the top leaders of the nation’s 280 councils as well as conduct a national online survey to see what its members wanted.
      The survey results were little different than major polling on attitudes toward gays and lesbians. Teen Scouts and their parents under 50 — the present and future of Scouting — reject discrimination against gays. Adult volunteers and officials over 50 favored maintaining the ban on gay adults. The majority of voting members of the BSA are over 50...

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