Holder: If Gay Adults Are Fit for Military Service, They Are Fit to Lead Boy Scouts

The Attorney General of the United States told a homosexual advocacy group on Tuesday night that the Boy Scouts of America “preserves and perpetuates the worst kind of stereotypes” by refusing to allow homosexuals to serve as Boy Scout troop leaders.

“Today, courageous lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals routinely put their lives on the line as members of America’s armed services,” Holder told Lambda Legal Tuesday night. “And if these men and women are fit for military service, then surely they are fit to mentor, to teach, and to serve as role models for the leaders of future generations.”

In June 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5–4 ruling, said the Boy Scouts had a constitutional right, as a private organization, to exclude homosexuals from leadership positions.

Almost nine years later, President Obama came into office, pledging to repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. In December 2010, he signed a bill passed by the Democrat-majority Congress repealing the ban on homosexual men and women serving openly in the armed services.