August 7th, 2012

From USA Today:

An 11-member panel concluded that exclusion is “absolutely the best policy” for the more than century-old organization.

Talk about out of step.

The 2.7-million member BSA preaches kindness, loyalty and bravery, and its oath urges Scouts “to help other people at all times.” Yet intolerance of gays and lesbians apparently overrides these values.

This isn’t a legal issue. The Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that, as a private organization, the Scouts have a constitutional right to exclude openly gay people. Freedom of association, the court said, plainly presupposes a freedom not to associate.

But just because an organization can do something doesn’t mean it should. Groups such as the Girl Scouts, Jaycees, Rotary and 4-H Club have all successfully adopted non-discrimination policies. That leaves the Boy Scouts as an outlier.


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