According to scouting officials and outsiders familiar with internal discussions, the Boy Scouts of America is “actively considering” an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts and scout leaders, NBC News reports.
The new policy, if adopted, would eliminate the ban from the national organization’s official rules, but leave local chapters and sponsoring organizations to decide whether or not to admit gay members.
And this uneven application of inclusivity will be a problem for the organization. In fact, it already is.
Just this week, a Maryland chapter of the Boy Scouts was recently forced to drop an anti-discrimination charter by a regional council, issuing the following statement:
“Due to pressure from the National Capital Area Council of BSA, Pack 442 was forced to remove its Non-Discrimination statement in order to keep our Charter (set to expire Jan 31st). This Non-Discrimination statement, previously posted here, welcomed ALL families.”