Three months have passed since the first attempt to affect a change in the BSA policy. A new one, promoted as a sort of compromise, will be put to a vote soon.
Is it a good sign when both sides of an issue agree on something? In this case, maybe not.
Monday turned out to be a wild day. It was announced that the Scouts were ready to vote on changing the national policy banning openly homosexual men and teens from participating as Scout leaders and Scouts. The new rule would allow individual troops to determine for themselves whether they would keep the policy or not.
One news source claimed that this was the result of two different factors: external pressure from pro-homosexual groups and corporate sponsors withholding contributions, and internal pressure from sponsoring organizations that were at odds with the policy, and corporate sponsors and their presence on the national board of directors. “Scouting’s policy caused some volunteers and chartered organizations which oversee and deliver the program, to act in conflict with their missions, principles or religious beliefs,” one Scouting representative said.