The Boy Scouts of America board votes tomorrow on whether to end its national ban on admitting gay members. Because the decision may only end the national ban, allowing local chapters to adopt their own admission policies, the New York Times called it an “unprincipled” stance.

USA Today says it’s a good thing:

Yes, some groups would continue to discriminate against gays, and we’d like to see the Scouts go even further. But for an organization that reaffirmed its anti-gay policy as recently as seven months ago, the compromise on the table would be major progress, and local option gets around one insurmountable obstacle.

To those who argue overturning the ban would lead to more sex abuse:… “[T]hey might want to think about Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky, who on paper would have appeared the perfect Scout leader: Husband and father. Football coach. Counselor for troubled youths. Everyone now knows what horrors that image hid.”

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