Is there a merit badge for being mean? If so, the Boy Scouts of America leadership deserves it.
Yesterday, the Boy Scouts announced that it would continue to exclude gay people from being members and leaders in the 102-year-old organization. The decision comes after a confidential two-year review by an 11-member special committee. Deron Smith, the Boy Scouts national spokesperson, told The Associated Press that continuing the ban is "absolutely the best policy" for the organization. The Scouts have been taking heat from human rights organizations since 2000, when the Supreme Court upheld the Boy Scouts' exclusion of gay people.
But it's not 2000 anymore. It's 2012, and several other organizations for kids -- including the Girl Scouts -- have vowed NOT to exclude gays.