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.