The Boy Scouts of America made news with executive council support for opening the ranks to openly gay boys. For many the joy around that overdue decision was tempered by the BSA’s continued refusal to allow gay Scout leaders.
Give the Scouts a moment to look around and realize how fast the world is changing. Inclusion of gay Scout leaders will happen.
The U.S. Peace Corps announced it will accept same-sex couples for assignment around the world. The agency will send same-sex couples to places where homosexuality is not criminalized. At about the same time, the Puerto Rico House of Representatives approved legislation to ban anti-gay discrimination in the U.S. territory.The bill was previously adopted by the Puerto Rico Senate, and it is endorsed by the governor.
France became the 13th nation in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. A dozen U.S. states and the District of Columbia have made same-sex marriage legal. The U.S. military is getting into the 21st century on gay rights, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act is doomed.
The BSA knows its organization is grounded in families, and willing, supportive volunteers. The Mormon church is a big promoter of Scouting, and it did not oppose the decision to include gay boys.
The Scouts will make a pragmatic decision, sooner than the organization expects. And the world will barely notice.