All Points: Boy Scouts and gay leaders

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is now president of the Boy Scouts of America, told his group this month that it was time for the BSA to admit gay Scout leaders voluntarily before the courts order them to do so.

Gates, who was defense secretary when the military ended its “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, also said it was important that local sponsoring organizations “determine the standards of their Scout leaders.” Considering that about 70 percent of local troop sponsors are religious organizations, should they resist such a policy change or be forced to go along it?

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