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Boy Scouts Postpone Decision On Gay Scouts Until Later This Year

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With all the recent controversy surrounding the Boy Scouts of America and their anti-gay policies we saw the potential for a change in that. Due to unspecified reasons (ie they were getting a hell of a lot of flack from their “Christian” supporters) the organization is now waiting until sometime in the spring before making a decision. Here’s more from HuffPo;

IRVING, Texas — Caught in an ideological crossfire, the Boy Scouts of America is delaying until May a vote on whether to ease its

policy of excluding gays as Scouts and adult leaders. Any eventual decision is likely to anger major constituencies and worsen schisms within Scouting.

The delay, which the Scouts attributed to “the complexity of this issue,” was announced Wednesday after closed-door deliberations by the BSA’s national executive board. Under consideration was a proposal to ease the longstanding ban on gays by allowing sponsors of local troops to decide for themselves on gay membership.

As the board met over three days at a hotel near Dallas, it became clear that the proposal would be unacceptable to large numbers of impassioned Scouting families and advocacy groups on both the left and right.

It appears the decision to delay is making both sides of the argument upset. Tony Perkins said a lot of the same tired bigoted rhetoric as always. Jennifer Tyrell, the mother who volunteered for the scouts and was kicked out because she’s a lesbian had this to say:

“A Scout is supposed to be brave, and the Boy Scouts failed to be brave today. They failed us yet again. Putting this off until May only ensures other gay kids and gay parents are discarded.”

If they meant to ease tensions a bit by delaying this debate it’s actually doing the opposite.

 

 

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  1. Maybe it would go a long way towards easing tensions if gay people were to stop playing games with the conservative Christians and get on with it. I don’t see how gay men can complain about discrimination when they allow something like “Queer as Folk” to represent them to the American public without saying a word publicly to put it in context. If I was a Bible-thumper, and all I had ever seen of gay culture was the opening of “Queer as Folk” by accident when I was channel-surfing, with two himbos in silhouette waving their four-inchers at each other, I would oppose allowing gay Scoutmasters too.

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