Boy Scouts' consider moving to allow gays to participate
Published: Monday, January 28, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 13:01
The Boy Scouts of America is considering its stance on whether openly gay scouts can participate in the organization, as well as a ban on gay and lesbian leaders. If passed, the organization would be reversing their long-standing position on the matter that has caused several leaders and scouts to lose their standing with the group, according to CNN reports.
"The organization, which has 2.7 million members, is "potentially discussing" doing away with its national policy after months of protest, including hundreds of angry Eagle Scouts renouncing their hard-earned awards and mailing back their red-white-and-blue medals."
Lifting the ban would not only end the discriminatory practice, but also improve their public image. This is necessary since their numbers have been on a sharp decline since the 90's. Since 1972, the group has dropped enrollment by half. By allowing gays to be in the group, there's a new (or renewed) market of possible participants. In the current environment, even closeted gays (and lesbian) leaders don't want to participate for fear of being outed.
As a former scout, I enjoyed the experience and think that it truly does promote many noble values. Unfortunately, they are being shrouded by a cloud of discrimination that makes their true purpose of building leadership seem like some nefarious plot.