If the Boy Scouts of America drop their ban on gays, it may ameliorate a confrontation with Pack 442 in Maryland, and other groups that have taken a stand against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. It would be a major step into the 21st century. They will apparently leave it up to the local groups to determine policy.
Call me cynical, but it seems as if the BSA may be considering this action because of funding issues, at least in part. From NBC:
About 50 local United Way groups and several corporations and charities have concluded that the ban violates their non-discrimination requirements and have ceased providing financial aid to the Boy Scouts.
On the other hand, BSA could lose funding from other organizations. It’s complicated, as always. I’m sure the leaders of BSA have their moral positions, and they probably don’t all agree completely. They also have no choice but to consider the continued existence of the organization, which depends on contributions.
One by one, individuals and organizations alike are rethinking their attitudes on discrimination, sexual orientation being the latest area of contention. But this is an encouraging struggle. It seems like the flailing of a boxer who has obviously lost the fight. There may be a few more good swings, but you know he is going down.
For a long time, there will be attempts of the righteous anti-gays to fight back, to regain lost ground, just as racists raise their heads from time to time, though their battle is clearly lost. And their loss is society’s gain.