The Advocate.com is reporting that the Boy Scouts of America have accepted a petition that asks the organization to allow gay and lesbians to be Scout leaders. Presented to the BSA leadership by Zach Wahls, author of My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family, and an Eagle Scout, the Change.org’s online petition of 275,000 signatures is intended to prod the 102 year old organization into rescinding it’s current policy, banning participation as Scout leaders by lesbians and gays.
Instigated when an Ohio Den mother was dismissed from the Scouts when the organization discovered she was a lesbian, Wahls took the petition to the BSA headquarters and spoke to members of the national leadership.
A BSA spokesman accepted the petition, and said they were already considering a resolution submitted by a Scout Leader in April. A committee will now consider the proposal. The spokesman said that the BSA has considered such resolutions in the past, as long ago as 2000. Even if a decision to adopt a non-discriminatory policy was made immediately, it would be 2013 before it came into effect.
Let’s hope the BSA joins most other Scouting organizations around the world, and relegates homophobia and bigotry to history. It would be a shame for the Boy Scouts to be one of the last organizations for American youth to hold onto the discrimination of the past. They should join the Girl Scouts in welcoming all who wish to lead, regardless of sexual orientation.
Perhaps then we can work on their ban on atheists, too.