Poll: Should the Boy Scouts of America Lift Longtime Ban on Gays in Troops?

Derek Nance: Boy Scout Camp Staff: It Gets Better

Eleven days after a YouTube video was posted by a gay San Diegan who works at a local Boy Scout camp, the national organization signaled it is considering an end to its longtime ban on gays. Derek Nance, an outdoor skills instuctor at Mataguay Scout Ranch near Santa Ysabel, posted the video.

“The only way we will change the Boy Scouts’ discriminatory policies is if those of us who are on the front lines representing them to thousands of Scouts every single summer start engaging in some open dialogue on this issue,” Nance was quoted as saying.

The changes being considered include letting troop sponsors decide whether to admit gay Scouts and adult leaders, according to NBC News, which broke the story.

Nance didn’t spark the change, but the Scouts next week are expected to make the move—based on cases like the San Diegan’s. Is proposed policy just politically correct or long overdue?