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Boy Scouts lifting ban will be good for organization

The Parthenon

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013 22:01

Earlier this week the Boy Scouts of America announced they were planning to drop the ban against openly gay males from joining the organization. The change in policy could become active as early as next week.

All that can be said is it’s about time.

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest private youth organizations in the United States and has had a ban on openly gay membership and leadership for decades.

The change in policy would effect the organization as a whole, but still allow individual troops to make the decision on whether or not to allow gay scouts or troop leaders into their chapter.

There have been many scouts, companies and Americans who have told the leaders of BSA that discriminating against someone because of sexual orientation—and they are right.

Leaders of LGBT groups are saying the lift of the ban will strengthen the organization’s principles of fairness, and it is hard to disagree with that.

For a group that strives to teach young men how to be good, respectful adults and members of society, it is difficult to see how lifting this ban will be a bad thing. It is about more than the survival skills BSA is known for teaching.

Let us commend the board members of the Boy Scouts for finally realizing sexual orientation does not have anything with how good of a scout a male can be and giving all young men the chance to be a part of this group.

The progress in the fight for equality is going to be a long one, but it is good to see some results coming from private organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America. It’s a step-by-step process, and all it takes is one person’s voice to make a difference.


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