In recent years, the Boy Scouts of America has come under fire for its exclusion of gays as Boy Scouts and Scout leaders. Many companies that donated thousands of dollars the Boy Scouts organization began reducing their contributions, mounting pressure now on the organization to make changes.
Civil rights are not won by all-or-nothing propositions. Just as the fight for marriage equality progressed slowly, one state at a time, we feel certain that once local Scout troops begin admitting gay and lesbian Scouts and leaders in progressive regions like New Hampshire's Seacoast and southern York County, the rest of the nation will surely follow because it is the just and right thing to do.
A northwest suburban church is stepping up its opposition to a ban against gay members and leaders in the Boy Scouts of America as the youth organization meets this week to reconsider the longtime policy.