At 100, Boy Scouts say they're still 'essential'

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December 16, 2009


"Perhaps the biggest long–term jolt to the Scouts, however, came in the form of a legal victory — the June 2000 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court which said the BSA, as a private organization, had a right to exclude gays from its adult and youth ranks.

"...Kevin Cathcart of Lambda Legal, a New York-based gay rights organization, said the current Boy Scout executive council seems immovable on the membership debate, but he predicted change would come as today's young people — shown in polls to be more open–minded about gays — mature into leadership roles.

"'The world has changed immensely in these past nine years and the Scouts appear not to have changed at all,' said Cathcart."