There are two valid ways to move the Boy Scouts of America past its abhorrent discrimination against gay scout leaders. And, wouldn't you know it, there are Oak Parkers working on each effort.
We've written about Ranger Scouts, the local entity created by parents who want a scouting experience for their sons but want no part in discrimination.
Now there is a local branch forming of a national effort called Scouts for Equality. Two Oak Park moms are leading this effort and they will host a public meeting next week featuring a co-founder of the national project. This will be a chance for parents who want to work for change within Boy Scouts to learn how they can have impact. (See the story on page 7.)
Last spring the national Boy Scout organization made the historic move to welcome youngsters and young men who are gay or who are sorting out their sexuality. That decision makes clear that the scouts are listening to voices of change. Hearing that voice strongly from within its ranks that is necessary to end discrimination against adult leaders will be important. And, as always, Oak Park will be heard.
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