As a Scouter for the past 10 years or so, I have to say that I think people are massively overreacting to a total non-issue.
Quite frankly, this is nothing more than “corporate” formally acknowledging something that has been going on since day one.
Same as with the decision last year regarding Scouts (youth).
There can’t be anyone out there who thinks that prior to a few days ago for adult Scouters, and prior to last year for Scouts, that there were no gay individulas in the BSA.
Honestly, it’s such a non-issue to most Scouts and Scouters I know - so long gay adult Scouters do not force their views on sexual orientation upon the youth, and gay Scouts do not encourage it amongst other youth, I just do not see where the issue is. The chances of either of the above scenarios happening is virtually nil.
Frankly, religion and sexual orientation are simply two topics that very rarely come up in Scouting conversations - at least from my own experience as a Scoutmaster. A Scouter would no more encourage/force his/her views on sexual orientation on youth than s/he would encourage/discourage a paticular race, nationality, hair style/color, you name it. I just don’t ever see that happening; it’s a great way to be “asked to leave and not come back”.
I have come accross many Scouts and Scouters out there over the years who do not adhere to “mainstream” religious beliefs, as well as a number of openly gay Scouts. They were there when I was a Scout way back when as well. It’s nothing new.
If the formal decision by the BSA bothers some groups, they can simply choose not to charter (or re-charter) a Troop/Pack.
I don’t know, seems like a lot of typical media ‘to-do’ about nothing.
The above opinion is not meant to offend anyone, it’s just an opinion based on my own experiences in Scouting.