The president of the Boy Scouts of America ( BSA) said the organization should accept gay leaders for its own survival. “We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” said BSA President Robert Gates, who formerly headed the CIA and the Pentagon.
Gates said with social and political changes and court decisions in favor of homosexual rights during the past year, holding on to the no-homosexual leaders policy could get the scouts challenged in the courts.
The president said a court challenge could have far-reaching effects that could threaten the very nature of scouting. “Waiting for the courts is a gamble with huge stakes,” said Gates. “If we wait for the courts to act, we could end up with a broad ruling that could forbid any kind of membership standard, including our foundational belief in our duty to God and our focus on serving the specific needs of boys.”
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