Ever since the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced last summer that it would not be changing its policy prohibiting gay Scouts and Scout leaders, conservatives have rallied to defend the organizations “core value” of anti-gay discrimination.
It turns out the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) decided it was stumped by what I thought was a no-brainer. Rather than voting to end its ban on participation by gays and lesbians in scouting, the BSA’s national executive board punted.
Scouting has a proud history, one that has shaped many political, corporate and community leaders. The Scouts' law — which includes being courteous, kind and helpful — should no longer be blemished by the organization's anti-gay stance.
Minnesota is doing better than most neighboring states, Gov. Mark Dayton told legislators and Minnesotans Wednesday night in his third State of the State address. And it is doing better than two years ago, he added.
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops are in a difficult position as the debate over immigration reform gets underway: The immigrant-built American church, known for advocating a broad welcome for migrants and refugees, could end up opposing reform because it would recognize same-sex partners.