Boy Scouts shouldn't exclude gay leaders

  • Article by: Los Angeles Times Editorial
  • Updated: April 23, 2013 - 7:17 PM

Americans are turning a corner on gay rights, and slowly but surely, they seem to be dragging the Boy Scouts along behind them. Leaders of the organization recently proposed dropping its ban on openly gay Scouts, while continuing to prohibit gay adults from serving as scoutmasters.

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ErickMNApr. 23, 13 7:34 PM

Excellent points, well written opinion. The Boy Scouts should do the right thing and completely drop its ban against gay members AND leaders. Ignore the shrieking haters, their numbers are diminishing with every passing day.

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kd5757Apr. 23, 13 7:40 PM

"The arc of history is long but it bends towards justice,"--Martin Luther King. Although sometimes painfully slow, we are witnessing our country becoming a more just society as acceptance of our GLBT citizens continues to grow daily.

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Mrs.JackJonesApr. 23, 13 8:34 PM

That's the most assine thing I have read. No way would my son go anywhere near that Scout troop.

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goferfanzApr. 23, 13 8:56 PM

The Catholic Church debacle is a stark reminder of the dangers that lurk in the "we can all get along" mentality. Well, that is the problem, supervisors often want to "get along" with their flock. Of course, kd claims we are a "more just" society, alas it is far "more just" witnessing the record levels of youth suicide, ADD, depression, truancy than a mere few decades ago. Why has America deserted its youth? Very, very sad!

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ErickMNApr. 23, 1310:39 PM

Coretta Scott King, widow of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, has repeatedly and emphatically equated the struggle for LGBT equality with the civil rights movement. And she is certain that Martin would have felt the same way.

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daviedooApr. 24, 13 7:20 AM

I have a troop of boys that will meet next Monday. They're at that tough age and I don't know what to tell them. Maybe one of you that's for this new rule could come talk to my boys about what men do when they make love. I'm sure that that would help them a lot.

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firefight41Apr. 24, 13 7:36 AM

The Boy Scouts should do the right thing and completely drop its ban against gay members AND leaders. ************** I do not believe gays should be allow to be leaders in the boy scouts.

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oldmotorheadApr. 24, 13 8:04 AM

Hey I've got an idea. how about a merit badge for being gay. It could have a rainbow on it and that way people could decide if they wanted to bunk with them in their tent or not!!

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truthhurts73Apr. 24, 13 8:23 AM

As a far as I can tell the boyscouts are a private organization, no? If you don't like their policies, THAN DON"T SUPPORT THEM! The GBLT community has to learn that they are not going to change the opinions of everybody on the lifestyle they choose to live. Acceptance and change comes slowly. "External pressure" by the GLBT movement only serves to alienate many of those who would otherwise support them.

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jastkeApr. 24, 13 9:10 AM

The BSA is a private organization and as such I know they have the right to do what they want within reason. But I have trouble understanding the reasoning behind the concept that it is OK for a scout to be gay but not OK for a leader to be gay. Either you think that homosexuality is wrong or you think that it isn't.

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