The Mercury News
May 20, 2013

The Boy Scouts of America is again embroiled in controversy over its values. On Thursday, about 1,400 voting members of the organization's National Council are expected to gather in Texas to decide whether to change the Boy Scouts' policy banning gay members. Over at the Girl Scouts of the USA, a separate organization but one that's often cast as a counterpart to the Boy Scouts, the issue of whether to allow openly gay members isn't a question at all. While the Boy Scouts' policy says it does "not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals," the Girl Scouts' policy is to "not discriminate or recruit on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, national origin, or physical or developmental disability."