The Boy Scouts apparently, after reviewing responses to its questionnaire from members and sponsors, are proposing to split the difference on its gay ban and allow gay scouts but not gay leaders.
A spokesman stated that the resolution, if passed in May, would insure that "no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone."
No mention was made of atheists so I assume that ban would remain in place. That means that personally I will most likely continue to withhold support. Practically speaking that means I get to buy more $4 boxes of Girl Scout cookies.
The problem of course is this perpetuates the idea that gays cannot be trusted around children. A idea, based upon the existing evidence, repeatedly labeled as false by the professional psychological and psychiatric organizations.
This is a step in the right direction, but its not good enough in my opinion.
Gay rights organizations have already begun to criticize the decision which is no surprise. The big question is whether groups that have withheld support will continue to do so or accept this as an acceptable compromise.
I guess we shall see what we shall see.