Skip to comments.Boy Scouts Not Homosexual Enough for Democrats
Posted on 04/17/2010 9:06:55 AM PDT by yoe
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Minority Republican lawmakers sponsored a resolution this week honoring the 100-year anniversary of the Boy Scouts. This being California, the political equivalent of a school-yard brawl broke out.
Democrats ultimately killed the resolution after criticizing the Boy Scouts for excluding homosexuals. Predictably, Republicans became indignant and accused Democrats of defaming a cherished American institution.
It didn't end there.
Democrats had introduced a resolution of their own honoring the Girl Scouts and included language that noted the organization does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
That drew yet more indignation from Republicans, with one GOP lawmaker accusing Democrats of improperly introducing sexuality into what should have been innocent proclamations of support for the two iconic youth groups.
The Boy Scout brouhaha started in the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. After Republicans introduced the anniversary resolution, some Democratic lawmakers equated the Boy Scouts' policy of excluding gays with racism.
"Were the policy of the Boy Scouts to be that we exclude all African-Americans or Asian-Americans or Latinos, or any minority group, I don't think there would be a single member of the Legislature that would commend them," the Judiciary Committee's chairman, Los Angeles Democrat Mike Feuer, said in an interview later.
The resolution died in committee, wounding Republicans.
The Republicans say they were further incensed when they asked the Democrats to remove the line in the Girl Scouts resolution that honored the organization's acceptance of any girl regardless of her sexual orientation. But the Girl Scouts resolution passed out of the committee unchanged.
"Equality for gays and lesbians shouldn't have to be an issue that's brought down to our children's level," said Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Diamond Bar, an Eagle Scout and author of the Boy Scouts resolution. "Political agendas at the Capitol got in the way of this."
Feuer said he was never asked to amend the Girl Scouts resolution, calling the Republican claims "utterly false."
The Girl Scouts resolution advanced Thursday to the Assembly floor, where the partisan sniping continued.
When it was time for the Assembly to vote, Assembly Majority Leader Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, asked members for a simple voice vote, the typical way to approve resolutions.
But after it passed on the voice vote, Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, a San Diego Democrat who authored the Girl Scouts resolution, asked for an additional roll call vote. That meant each lawmaker's vote would be a matter of record.
Republicans, of course, objected. Hagman said GOP lawmakers wanted to commend the Girl Scouts but did not want be on the record condoning their stance on sexual orientation. The resolution passed the 80-member house 48-4, with most Republicans abstaining.
Girl Scouts of America spokeswoman Michelle Tompkins said the organization was pleased with the honor given by California lawmakers and proud of its long tradition of including anyone.
In the end, California honored the Girl Scouts but not the Boy Scouts - which issued a statement saying it appreciated the effort.
"This is a long-standing societal issue," Boy Scouts spokesman Deron Smith said regarding the group's membership policies.
The Girl Scouts resolution will now be taken up in the Senate.
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and 'frozen.'...
Not enough genital fondling for Democrats.
Isn’t some Boy Scout troop being sued for allowing a gay perv leader to molest some scouts on a campout or something?
No, they gave to tear down anything that does not conform to their world view.
That, and NO ONE would join their crazy PC organizations...
Scouting ping SandRat!
(MAJOR SARCASM ALERT!) We have it on good authority that the Boy Scouts are being pushed by Kevin Jennings to add this new and distinctive badge to the Scout program:
Oldest age for boy scouts is about 18. I don’t believe an 18-year-old could possibly have enough sexual experience to say unequivocably that he/she/it will forever be gay. And to make such an pronouncement at that age is essentially crap.
Hey, isn’t that what Obama and the Democrat Party are doing to America? :-)
The democrat party are communists, islamists or those too stupid to know the difference.
There is no exception.
Democrats simply have no respect for the concept of private organizations deciding who they want to admit as members. As another poster mentioned, anyone who felt the BSA policy is unfair is perfectly free to start their own organization that admits gay members.
I agree with you completely. One reason all this gay stuff with kids makes me uncomfortable is the idea that somehow, all these kids know they are gay from a young age. We do not know what causes homosexuality. We don’t know if it’s a gay gene, or upbringing, or what causes it.
I think that when young people turn 18, legally adults, if they feel such a pull of homosexuality, that’s the point at which they can deal with it.
Gay issues in girl scouts, boy scouts, or anything dealing with youth should be a non-issue, because we shouldn’t be introducing sexual matters into youth organizations in the first place.
So-How many white and latino members of congress attend the BLACK CAUCUS meetings and full members?
Do the members of these racist organizations pay any attention to people in their districts who do not match their skin color?
Meanwhile, the State of California continues its slow, circular descent down the toilet bowl.
A Democrat= Queer and Communist.
Scouting under assault PING!
Close but no — er — cigar(with a nod to willie klintoon for that one).
Actually, Obozo,et al are using another, lower appendage for THEIR sodomizing of America.
at best the Girl Scouts should NOT COMMENT on the honor of being recognized as poster children for lesbianism