In the past few years, there has been frequent success for the LGBT community with same-sex marriage becoming legal in more states. Now, the Boy Scouts of America may be joining in on the acceptance.


On Thursday, President of the Boy Scouts, Robert Gates, spoke out against the policy banning gay leaders during the organization’s national meeting in Atlanta. Although Gates hasn’t actually removed the policy, he has gotten the ball rolling in the right direction.


During the meeting, Gates informed the group that there would no longer be negative repercussions for allowing gay leaders into the Boy Scouts. This is positive news for gay men who want to become scout leaders, but this doesn’t mean that the ban is lifted.


Close up shot of Robert Gates speaking at a podium.

Robert Gates is lobbying to lift the ban on gay leaders within the Boy Scouts. (

This step may not be as helpful as abolishing the rule, but Gates has experience overturning anti-gay policies. During his time as secretary of defense, Gates helped end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. If anyone has the qualifications to throw out this ban, it’s Gates.


The organization’s president used an interesting tactic to convince other members that allowing gay leaders is the right thing to do. Rather than try and change their minds on their beliefs revolving the gay community, Gates used the judicial system as his defense.


“If we wait for the courts to act, we could end up with a broad ruling that could forbid any kind of membership standard,” said Gates, in favor of ending the policy. The anti-gay policy may still be in place, but with leaders likes Gates standing up for change, a difference can finally be made in the Boy Scouts.


Are these steps enough to allow more gay leaders in the Boy Scouts? Leave a comment or talk to me on Twitter @Karbowski_Devon.