Boy Scouts of America Close to Changing Policy on Homosexuals

Will the longstanding and controversial ban finally be lifted?

It’s been a controversy for years. It’s led successful scouts to give up their honors. It’s even gone to the Supreme Court.

And now, it may be close to changing.

The Boy Scouts of America, the national organization that oversees all individual Boy Scout troops nationwide, is meeting to decide on whether to drop its policy against gay scouts and scoutmasters. If the national policy is dropped, then individual local scouting organizations will be able to set their own policy on the matter. Many will, no doubt, retain the ban, but many others will drop it and openly welcome gay members

This represents a major change from even very recent policy. NBC reports:

The discussion of a potential change in policy is nearing its final stages, according to outside scouting supporters. If approved, the change could be announced as early as next week, after the BSA’s national board holds a regularly scheduled meeting.

Only seven months ago, the Boy Scouts affirmed a policy of banning gay members, after a nearly two-year examination of the issue by a committee of volunteers convened by national leaders of the Boy Scouts of America, known as the BSA.

The tide does appear to be turning in favor of equality, and while it may be long overdue, better late than never. If the BSA chooses to change this policy, they will have opened up opportunity for untold numbers of boys, and helped take a stand against intolerance, prejudice, and homophobia. It’s still too early for kudos, but there is reason to be hopeful.

For other voices at the Good Men Project talking about their own experiences with this issue, read “This Is Why I Withdrew My Son From Cub Scouts” and “Eagle Scouts Returning Their Badges for LGBT Equality“.

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  1. So now the BSA can fully back-up their proclamation of instilling character. Recognizing people for what and whom they are, learning to accept and allow.

    If you go WAY back to the roots of the anti-gay rhetoric within and directed at the BSA, you can rediscover that it was fear of the molester that drove the discrimination. LONG ago, he media used correspondence between two scout leaders about the “goldmine of vulnerable boys” one had found at a certain section of the nation.

    Back then, the immediate and default assumptions were that “gays” did the child raping in this world and all the bull-shit myths that surround the dynamic were true. Media (like 60-Minutes) would go on to bolster that premise with claims that the molestations made the boys gay, offenders and an all-around danger-chain. The resulting disastrous reactions were continued and guaranteed silence of victims (Rob raises hand).

    Please don’t allow or accept rhetoric that gives new life to the myths that “gays offend against children,” thus allowing the balance of the myths to re-take the earth. It will truly cost many many souls.

    More information can be found here: http://robbie357.wordpress.com/your-responsibility/

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