by Zach Wahls
The Boy Scouts of America announced Tuesday that it concluded a two-year review and would uphold its long-standing policy barring openly LGBT individuals from involvement in its organization, either as youth participants or adult leaders.
This decision follows a three-month campaign against that policy by various groups—including Scouts for Equality of which I am a co-founder—and individuals. More than 400 of us have already stood up and expressed our opposition to this policy and that number will only increase with time.
Despite the verdict, Scouts for Equality will continue to marshal grassroots support from Eagle Scouts and others. At the National Order of the Arrow Conference later this July, I’ll be rallying fellow Eagles and other Boy Scouts and am optimistic about gathering even more support among BSA members.
Neither does the BSA decision detract from the fact that 66% of Americans under the age of 35 support same-sex marriage and 76% of Americans under the age of 35 support the legality of same-sex relationships.
What’s been particularly disappointing to me is the secretive nature surrounding how this conclusion was reached. The very first value of the Scout Law is that a Scout is trustworthy. There is absolutely nothing trustworthy about unelected and unnamed committee members who are unwilling to take responsibility for their actions. Something here doesn’t add up.