Boy Scouts of America will open ranks to gay youths on Jan. 1

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  • Here Sandy, UT
    Dec. 31, 2013 3:29 p.m.

    I still believe in the Scout Oath and the traditional meaning of the phrase in it, "morally straight." IMHO, allowing gay scouts (and leaders) and still espousing that phrase are incompatible in the long run.

    And, as always, I think there are kind, sincere gay people out there who would like to live in peace, but there are those who are otherwise, who get offended at the drop of a hat. I take my hat off to the sincere and reasonable GLBT who deal with - and discuss - these issues in a civilized manner.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 31, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    Two For Flinching:

    When is anything equal? People are not identicle.

    Fairness is for weaklings, and whiners.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 31, 2013 4:07 a.m.

    @ worf

    Yes, separate but equal is a brilliant idea! I don't know why that hasn't been tried before...

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 30, 2013 5:53 p.m.

    I think we're reaching a tipping point. Pretty soon these items won't have to be news anymore.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 30, 2013 5:19 p.m.

    Just make a scouting program for gay boys, and leaders. Why force it on others?

    Just that simple

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 30, 2013 4:13 p.m.

    It's fair what the scouts have done

    I am sure there will be policies in place to protect the rights of straight boys who do not feel comfortable sharing a tent with a boy who may be attracted to him, just as a young girl may not feel comfortable changing clothes or sharing a tent with a young boy.

    I also think the rules about leaders is smart. Scout safety is paramount.

  • SportzFan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 30, 2013 3:59 p.m.

    "There hasn't been a whole lot of fallout," said Haddock, a lawyer from Wichita, Kan. "If a church said they wouldn't work with us, we'd have a church right down the street say, 'We'll take the troop.'"

    That is a pretty naive view. If the Mormons and Catholics left, the impact would be great.

  • paintandestroy Richmond/Cache, UT
    Dec. 30, 2013 3:46 p.m.

    I've never known a scout leader who has made it a matter of concern- I don't see things being any different going forward. The real issue is with gay activists using this as a "foot in the door" for gay leaders which I strongly oppose.

  • SportsFann Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 30, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    How is this even an issue? I don't recall sexual orientation ever coming up in conversation when I was that age. I honestly don't care if someone is gay or not...I just don't think Scouts is where sexuality needs to be discussed, but that's just me.