Gay Scouts and Straight Leaders

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The US Supreme Court has ruled that the Boy Scouts of America is a private group with the right to prohibit gay members. That was 13 years ago. Last week, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America itself voted by 60% to endorse what's widely described as "an awkward compromise." Openly gay boys will be allowed officially for the first time. But when they turn 18, the traditional ban on homosexuality will prohibit further involvement. Is there a conflict between official discrimination and the values of Scouting? Will one of America's major youth groups — with 100 years of history -- stay together or split apart?




Warren Olney