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Posted on Jul 19, 2012 Print this Article

Boy Scouts Retain Scoutmaster Policy

LGBT Military Held Up as Model to Follow

During the rush to repeal the 1993 law regarding homosexuals in the military, mislabeled "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," supporters of the law frequently warned that repeal ultimately would affect civilian organizations, such as schools, churches, and groups like the Boy Scouts.  The 111th Congress, throwing prudence to the winds, rushed to repeal the law without knowing what they were voting for: LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) law and related policies in the military. 

Now comes evidence that predicted consequences for the civilian world were correct.  When a member of the board of the Boy Scouts of America tried to change the BSA's long-standing and Supreme Court-approved policy regarding homosexual scout-masters, parents expressed strong opposition and the board responded to their concerns by retaining the policy:

As predicted, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) criticized the move, pointing out that the Boy Scouts should follow the lead of the US military and other civilian groups in allowing openly gay members.  In matters such as this, the LGBT Left is predictable, and relentless.  Particularly in view of the recent Penn State child abuse scandal, in which a trusted football coach took advantage of young boys, the scouts have made the right choice.

--Elaine Donnelly

 

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 Print this Article