EDITORIAL: Delayed decision on gay ban postpones progress for Boy Scouts

The Boston Globe
February 7, 2013

IT WAS disappointing Wednesday when the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America delayed a decision to let local troops make their own decisions on whether to allow openly gay participants. Religious conservatives, who hold significant sway in the organization, unleashed a firestorm of protest when it became clear last week that the board might lift its national ban on gay Scouts. Still, the delay also came with a commitment to hold a definitive vote on the policy at the BSA’s national meeting in May. So the 103-year-old organization has forced a choice upon itself: Either it will emerge from this debate with a commitment to advancing a sense of community in an increasingly diverse America, or behave like an intolerant relic of the past.