Attorney General Eric Holder Blasts Boy Scouts Over Discriminatory Ban on Gay Leaders

In remarks delivered to Lambda Legal on Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder slammed the Boy Scouts of America’s refusal to allow gay adults in the organization, saying the ban “perpetuates the worst kind of stereotypes.”

HolderNBC News reports:

"If these men and women are fit for military service, then surely they are fit to mentor, to teach, and to serve as role models for the leaders of future generations."

Holder said the Boy Scouts of America is "an iconic American institution." But he said its policy is "a relic of an age of prejudice and insufficient understanding."

Last month, BSA President Robert Gates, who oversaw the end of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in 2011, said that while he personally supports gay scoutmasters, he opposes any further attempts to address the policy now.  


  1. emjayay says

    The end of DADT for Boy Scouts in inevitable. Wingnut Christianists already don’t like them because of allowing gay kids under 18 in. Of course it’s changing, but a lot of kids are not going to figure out their sexuality until later, or at least not going to commit to being who they really are until past scout age.

  2. MaryM says

    The Boy Scouts is a homophobic hate group.

    No parent should expose their children to such an evil group.

    Scouting does not require moronic religious involvement. Aren’t there inclusive, non-religious versions of this group?

  3. Burt says

    The scouts got twisted up with churches decades ago. What I have failed to understand is what does being gay have to do with scouting? I didn’t realize sex education was part of it? What does one have to do to earn the sex merit badge in the scouts?

    Seems to me that teaching the kids to be tolerant of others whose views and lifestyles might not be the same as theirs can’t be a bad life lesson.

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