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.
Leaders of two United Methodist agencies — United Methodist Men and United Methodist Board of Church and Society — have joined the chorus of people and organizations calling for the Boy Scouts to drop its ban on gay scouts and leaders.
About 20 years ago when Curtis Filer's son was 15, he quit the Boy Scouts knowing as a gay teen, he did not fit in.
"As he grew through the cub scouts, and then to the boy scouts, he did eventually feel he didn't feel right about being there," Filer said.
The reason he did not feel right? The Boy Scouts of America excludes gay men from being leaders, and gay youth from being members of its organization.
I’m sure a lot of LGBT people don’t trust Dan Cathy, nor are they going to want to spend their hard-earned dollars at Chick-fil-A. They are completely justified in wanting to patronize businesses that affirm the full humanity and equality of LGBT people, covertly and overtly.
For years Alan Koch sat in different churches, listening to preachers talk about diversity and equality. They'd list race, gender, social status. He'd sit up in his chair, heart rate quickening, stomach fluttering -- this time, would he be included? Time after time the list stopped short of sexual orientation.
The Rev. Robert Jeffress has changed the way he talks about homosexuality from the pulpit. The pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Dallas hasn't stopped preaching that homosexual sex is sinful, but he no longer singles it out for special condemnation.