A potential step forward in the public acceptance of the LGBTQ community nationwide was stopped dead in its tracks this week, as the Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday they would postpone a decision on admitting openly gay individuals into its ranks.
The formative years of millions of young men have been helped along by the Boy Scouts, ensuring that several generations of American males lived by the motto of “Be Prepared,” which is and should be a source of pride for the Scouts. The organization’s steadfast refusal to accept openly gay members, however, is nothing to proud of. This institutionalized discrimination does nothing but breed contempt and fear of a group of people that deserve as much acceptance and respect as any other.
The Boy Scouts announced they would revisit the policy again in May, and we hope that in the few months, the organization sees the error in its ways and changes its long-standing policy of discrimination. Otherwise, we hope the group will “be prepared” for more problems.