So I read this on Facebook today:
The Boy Scouts of America has decided to delay its vote on a proposal to allow local troops to decide whether to allow openly gay members and leaders. The organization said it needs more time to get input from its members. The vote will now be held in May.
"After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy," the Scouts said in a statement.
Until a vote is taken, it appears the organization will continue its ban on gay Scouts and Scout leaders.
This was my response:
"It’s such a complex issue to decide if people should be treated equally and inclusively. I know every time I meet someone new, I have to spend months deciding if I should treat them with respect and inclusion or discriminate against them and exclude them. There are so many great, justifiable reasons to discriminate that you can’t just ignore them and barge ahead with inclusiveness haphazardly. I can’t wait to hear if the boy scouts decide if LGBT people are still icky social lepers deserving of their continual condemnation and exclusion, or if they’ll graciously cast aside their hereto-now unjustifiable bigotry and allow us to participate equally with our clearly superior and better-born heterosexual peers."