Full disclosure: My son is a Boy Scout.
We talked about my objections over the dinner table where my concerns were mistranslated to my children, in the way things so often are, as an objection based on the Boy Scout policy to only allow gay men and women to lead troops.
From there, they extrapolated Boy Scouts was primarily an organization for gay men and boys and my concerns about Child #2's membership were based on our inability to predict which way he would swing.
But back to my rationalization process. It was based on the leadership of Child #2's troop.
It's a co-op of men who, while not gay, share the same beliefs and value systems I do. Still, knowing that the boys with two moms aren't part of the troop saddens me. I understand and support their decision, but I've long wished the Boy Scouts would change their policies so they resemble something drafted in this century.
Which is why I've kept a watchful eye on the Boy Scout's decision to re-examine their policy regarding sexual orientation. It's interesting, if not surprising, to note the reconsideration of policy was preceded by a sharp drop-off in corporate sponsorship.
Sponsors who've recently denied funding to the group are IBM, Levi Strauss and Company, J.P. Morgan, American Airlines, Medtronic, Portland General Gas and Electric, Hewlett Packard, Textron, Fleet Bank, CVS/Pharmacy Stores and Carrier Corp. In 2010 UPS gave the Boy Scouts $167,000, but in light of pressure from homosexual-rights groups they've since pulled the plug on their donations.
The Boy Scout's decision to re-examine their long-standing policies doesn't speak to a sudden change of heart as much as it proves they, like every other nonprofit, rely heavily on corporate donations. I do believe the policy will eventually be changed, whether next week or next year, it's just the way we're headed.
Instead of making my son's participation in Boy Scouts feel like a dirty little secret, wouldn't it be nice if it was something he could announce with pride. "I'm a Boy Scout. I can tie knots, pitch tents and I know the true measure of a human being isn't determined by their sexual orientation."