The Boy Scouts of America have made a decision regarding their ban on gay scouts and troop leaders. They decided to kick it over to committee and wait until May for their national meeting. They claimed that it is a complex issue that requires further study. This is a normal tactic usually employed by such luminaries as the United States Congress when deciding on controversial but easily decided upon issues.
Send it to the Blue Ribbon Commission and hope everyone forgets about it by the time they release their report.
The BSA board stated “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.”
They were set to decide on allowing individual scout troops to allow gays to join the groups. The BSA has had to deal with a rogue troop in Maryland which said they would not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, the ousting of lesbian den mother Jennifer Tyrell, the rejection of Ryan Andresen for his Eagle Scout medal, and a lot of former scouts mailing back their medals in protest.
Anti-gay groups weighed in as well, often relying on the same tired excuses for why gays shouldn’t be in the Boy Scouts all of them ranging from a mass exodus of scouts to the risk of pedophiles.