Translation: Gays should be allowed to participate in Scouting.
You play with words, my friend.
A young kid who might think of himself as "gay" should certainly be allowed to participated in Boy Scouts, just like they should be able to attend church, or get a bank account, or join the Republican Party.
That doesn't mean we allow kids to practice or promote their gay lifestyle. The Scouts, with adult supervision, should teach kids to walk the straight and narrow.
Do you really propose we ask all youngsters who would join the Scouts to pledge on their sacred honor that they never entertained a gay thought??
And if they say yes, do we ban them for life?
“Translation: Gays should be allowed to participate in Scouting.”
Romney’s statement in 1994 was clearly at odds with the BSA’s policy prohibiting boys or adults who openly identify themselves as homosexuals.
In fact, the BSA publicly rebuked him in the press after he made that statement.
And this is a rare issue on which Romney HASN’T flip-flopped.
In 2007, he refuses to honestly answer the question of whether he still opposes the policy. He says instead that each local Scout council should be free to decide the issue.
Which is nice-sounding feel-good pablum, until you realize that means he still opposes the BSA’s national policy that governs the issue for all troops nationwide.
The president of the USA traditionally serves as honorary national chairman of the BSA as well.
I know a woman who’s a member of Mitt’s own church, who’s also an active Scout leader, and she will not vote for Romney on this issue alone.