The com­pro­mise announced by the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday is unten­able. And that is pre­cisely why it’s good news.

More than 60 per­cent of the organization’s national lead­er­ship voted to approve a policy ending dis­crim­i­na­tion against openly gay scouts while keeping in place the ban against gay adult leaders. With the BSA finally drag­ging itself into the late 20th cen­tury, can the 21st be far behind?

The answer, I hope, is that the time to end dis­crim­i­na­tion has arrived. But it isn’t going to be accom­plished without a lot of strife. As this story from the Asso­ci­ated Press makes clear, the orga­ni­za­tion seems likely to rip itself apart. Mem­bers of the homo­phobic reli­gious right are already threat­ening to leave.

John Stem­berger, the founder of an anti-​​gay group called OnMy​Honor​.net, went so far as to claim the BSA had caved in to “bul­lies” from Wash­ington and Hol­ly­wood — a per­ni­ciously offen­sive twist given the bul­lying that many gay youths endure.

Read the article at Huffington Post →