In a surprising announcement Monday, news broke that The Boy Scouts of America may be very close to lifting the age-old ban on gay scouts and scout leaders. Groups and organizations like GLAAD, Scouts for Equality, change.org and many more have been actively working to repeal this policy for years now.
Story after story came through in the past year of Eagle Scouts returning their badges in an amazing act of courage and strength. This symbol of the hard work and determination they spent years working toward had become for many a symbol of an organization crippled by a policy that was only turning people--and more than just a few major corporations--away. Scouts who believed in a greater future for the organization returned their badges in solidarity with those who had been expelled from the ranks for being gay.
But if it's removed at all, this ban would only be gone from the language of the national charter, and local troops would still be left with the choice to keep hatred and discrimination in its practices.
Read more on this still-breaking news from GLAAD here.