Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, now president of the Boy Scouts of America, told his group last month that it was time for the BSA to admit gay Scout leaders voluntarily before the courts order it done. Gates, who was defense secretary when the military ended its “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, also said it is 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 go along with it? Send no more than 150 words with your name, address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is Wednesday for publication next Monday.
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