As a scout myself, I would have been exceptionally uncomfortable if my scoutmaster had been openly gay, especially if he had been accompanying us on outings. There were a few gay kids in my troop, and that never bothered me, but have one as an authority figure would have bothered me greatly, and made me (along with many of my fellow scouts) unwilling to go out.
Sorry, but the BSA is in the right on this one. People scream about the safety of children when it comes to gun, drugs, video games, or just about anything else. But as soon as the talk about take prudential step to prevent the possibility of inappropriate behavior of a homosexual, its suddenly going too far. It’s a double standard, and it’s nonsense.
(NOTE: I am not saying that all homosexuals are pedophiles, nor am I saying that the scoutmaster has previously or would in the future attempt inappropriate contact with scouts, I am simply stating that it is best to air on the side of caution. Think of it this way, if a man is attracted to women, even it it is of-age women, you wouldn’t want him camping out with a bunch or young girls, so why is a problem to not want someone who is attracted to men camping out with a bunch of young boys?)
Good going BSA!