President Obama responded with a simple "Yes" when he was asked on Sunday by CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley whether the Boy Scouts of America should open their organization to openly gay members.
The university said the Tyler Clementi Center will build programs to help people transition to college, and will also offer lectures and training on social media, youth suicide, bullying and other topics.
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 Boy Scouts of America faces intensifying criticism from the left and right over a proposal to move away from a mandatory no-gays membership policy and allow troop sponsors to decide the matter for themselves.