January 29, 2013

Gays are different, but not in the way you think

Big news yesterday in that the Boy Scouts of America may reverse its long policy of forbidding openly gay members and scout leaders:

The Boy Scouts of America is considering changing its longstanding policy against allowing openly gay members, according to a news release from the organization.

The organization, which has 2.7 million members, is "potentially discussing" doing away with its national policy after months of protest, including hundreds of angry Eagle Scouts renouncing their hard-earned awards and mailing back their red-white-and-blue medals.

Many parents of Scouts across America found the national policy excluding gays confusing -- and at odds with basic scouting ideals.

Which brings up a question I asked long ago concerning gays in the military -- and got no good direct answer except from perhaps one commenter who acquiesced and had to agree with me -- why is it permissible for a man whose sexual proclivity is other men to sleep in close quarters with young boys ... but it is not permissible for a man whose sexual preference is hetero to sleep in close quarters with ... young girls?

If you agree with one, but not the other, aren't you essentially saying that homosexuals can control themselves better than heterosexuals?

In the military, why should there exist separate sex barracks, then, if openly gay males and females can bunk in the same dorms as the sex to which they're attracted?

Posted by Hube at January 29, 2013 03:12 PM | TrackBack

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Just to clarify: Your question is, basically, if a gay guy can be a scoutmaster, why can't a straight guy be a girl scout leader? Correct me so I know if I'm wrong, then I'll tell you if I agree with you or not. :)

Posted by: dan at January 30, 2013 03:48 PM

So is your question basically: If a gay guy can be a boy scout leader, why can't you or I, as heteros, be girl scout leaders?

Posted by: dan at January 30, 2013 03:50 PM

Aye, sorry. Your server did something weird.

Posted by: dan at January 30, 2013 03:50 PM

Regarding the military thing...I guess I don't fully understand the question, or its importance. Isn't it just a matter of it being a small minority? When you go to the gym, is it really worth it (or fiscally wise) to have, like, 6 sets of locker rooms to cover all potential gender and sexual matchups? Or do we just understand that there might be a dude in there who's gay, and get on with our day?

Posted by: dan at January 30, 2013 03:59 PM

dan: from what I've read, men can be Girl Scout leaders, but they should never be in the company of the girls w/o a female present. And, it also says that if there is a male leader it requires [an adult] female as well.

As for the military, I said openly gay personnel. That makes all the difference regarding barracks.

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