Last week, the Boy Scouts of America voted to end its decades-long ban on gay youth, while keeping its ban on adults – gay parents like mine – in place. It is difficult to overstate the importance of that decision. While it clearly does not go far enough, the vote showed that the 103-year-old institution still has capacity to change and grow.
Every single week, Boy Scouts gather across the country to participate in one of our nation's most effective youth development organizations. My former troop met on Monday nights at the First United Methodist Church, and we would begin every night by presenting the colors and then reciting the Scout Oath and Law. You've probably heard the Scout Law at one point or another: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. These values sculpt boys into young men and into leaders.