Under increasing pressure and bad PR, and the loss of some corporate partners due to their outdated anti-gay stance, all of a sudden the Boy Scouts are considering dropping their anti-gay ban.
According to NBC News and the New York Times yesterday, the Boy Scouts powers that be are considering a resolution to drop their official anti-gay ban on membership, and will allow local troops to set their own policy on this.
This follows backlash and loss of funding from corporate donors such as UPS and Merck, and then a nasty public fight with one of their own Maryland chapters, who posted a message of tolerance and inclusion for gays on their website and almost lost their Scout status as they were pressured to remove it (they did); with a lot of publicity over this one, and the bad media over a recent case when they kicked out a lesbian mom from being den leader to her son’s scout pack, the Scouts won the anti-gay battle but may have lost the big gay war.
While the Supreme Court upheld the ban in 2000, the world has changed since then, and corporate sponsors, human rights groups, and President OBama have loudly challenged the Scouts to change their policy. Hate is not a family value, Scout people.
Hey Boy Scouts… welcome to the new millennium! About time you caught the fuck up…