• Mon, Feb 4 2013

Boy Scouts Gay Ban May Finally Be Overturned

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You know how sometimes, you hear a piece of news and think, “Wait, that hasn’t already happened yet?” This week, the Boy Scouts of America will consider officially ending their ban on gays as members and leaders of troops. The organization’s national executive board of 70 members is expected to vote Wednesday, the last day of a three-day meeting in Texas. This has led to both supporters and opposers coming to its headquarters to protest for and against overturning the infamous Boy Scouts gay ban.

Fortunately, the cause has a strong and significant advocate: President Barack Obama. In his pre-Super Bowl interview to CBS News, he declared his hope that the Boy Scouts will end its homophobic policies as soon as possible.

“My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does, in every institution and walk of life.

“The Scouts are a great institution that are promoting young people and exposing them to opportunities and leadership that will serve people for the rest of their lives. And I think nobody should be barred from that.”

Awesome, right? Ten points to Obamador!

Personally, I abhorred Girl Scouts (I know the organizations are unrelated, but they do similar shit sometimes and it’s the only real reference I have to what Boy Scouts is really like). I found it boring and pointless — not because of the “girliness” of the activities, but because our troop literally did nothing besides sometimes eating crackers and coloring. Plus, I already knew at neither green nor brown are my damn color. But someday, I would like to have children (more than just about anything), and I would hope by the time that happens, there aren’t any organizations left who will discriminate against them for who they are. If my kids want to sell cookies and wear vests and make knots, then that’s up to them, but I’ll be damned if they’re held back simply because of ridiculous, outdated notions.

Photo: USAG-Humphreys / Flickr

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  • Kellilee

    My son is in Boy Scouts, and I was in Girl Scouts, and believe me when I say they’re not the same thing. Boy Scouts seems a lot more involved than Girl Scouts.
    I was asked by a friend about this the other day, and I told her that I don’t care what the sexual orientation is of the leader of my son’s troop. It simply doesn’t matter. As long as the person in charge is a good, decent person who wants to help young boys grow to become great men, I don’t care who they sleep with.