This week, the Boy Scouts of America announced that a secret committee had met and agreed that the BSA’s anti-gay policies, which most recently have barred lesbian den mother Jennifer Tyrrell and forced a 19 year-old Eagle Scout to leave his position as a camp counselor after he came out, will not be changed. But there’s this:
Earlier today Change.org made an announcement that Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T and an executive board member of the Boy Scouts of America would be joining fellow Board member James Turley, CEO of Ernst & Young to help change the current Boy Scouts of America policy that bans gay scouts and leaders.
Stephenson will take over as chairman of the board in 2014. Then there’s this:
This January, Major League Soccer announced it was teaming up with the Boy Scouts of America to form a strategic partnership. It turns out that 2012 will be the only season this alliance will be in effect.
MLS didn’t say that the BSA’s anti-gay policy was the reason, but they support a number of gay outreach programs and they announced right after the BSA’s announcement, so you connect the dots.
The BSA board members behind this vote have to know that unless the BSA changes their policy soon, there’s no way that the CEOs of companies like AT&T or Ernst & Young will get near their organization, and no major sport or community organizations, other than some churches, will partner with them. Yet, they decided to double down on discrimination. That’s a hell of a commitment to policy that will take them out of the mainstream (where the Girl Scouts and Boys and Girls Clubs reside) and put them on the fringe. I wonder who’s behind this Komen-like behavior on the board, and when they’ll finally cave.