This decision marks another potential milestone for gay rights in the United States following a surge of support for same-sex marriage and an end of the ban on gays serving openly in the military.
Not everyone is happy about the change. “Southern Baptist leaders, who consider homosexuality a sin, were furious about the possible change” and threatened to remove support of the organization. Such a move could be detrimental to the Scouts as Southern Baptists are among the largest membership and sponsor groups of the Scouts.
Locally, Issues of same-sex equality have been a topic of great discussion recently as last week the Rhode Island Senate passed a same-sex marriage bill. That bill will go to the House either in the Spring or early Summer. Currently Rhode Island is the only New England State which has not legalized same-sex marriage.