Boy Scouts considering putting bigotry choice into the hands of local chapters
They could do what the Girl Scouts did: put a ban of the exclusion of gay kids. Instead it looks like they are going the route of political cowardice and punting the decision down to local chapters. It's a step in the right direction, but it's the absolutely smallest step possible in the right direction.
Currently, the BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation. This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, and the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with each organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs. BSA members and parents would be able to choose a local unit that best meets the needs of their families.
The policy change under discussion would allow the religious, civic, or educational organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting to determine how to address this issue. The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members, or parents. Under this proposed policy, the BSA would not require any chartered organization to act in ways inconsistent with that organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs.