I'm proud to be an Eagle Scout, and I'm proud to be the son of two lesbian moms. But I'm deeply disturbed that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is allowing a "secret committee" to justify keeping its ban against openly gay Scouts and leaders.
As the co-founder of Scouts for Equality, I've heard awful stories of discrimination: Decorated Eagle Scouts kicked out for finally opening up about who they are. Devoted moms told they can't lead their sons' Cub Scout troops -- I don't know what I would do if someone told my moms they couldn't be involved in my life because they're gay.
That's why I was so excited to learn last month that the Boy Scouts would consider, for the first time, a resolution that would allow openly gay Scouts and leaders. The BSA's national board was going to get the chance to vote on the resolution in 2013 -- astounding progress.
But Tuesday, the BSA announced that a "secret committee" of 11 people had already decided to uphold the ban on gay Scouts and leaders. Without a vote of the board. Without a public report. Without an open debate.
The very first value of the Scout Law is that a Scout is trustworthy -- but this "secret committee" hardly seems trustworthy to me. This is a spurious way to make a decision that affects millions of American families, including mine.
The BSA's leaders have already shown themselves to be susceptible to public pressure. In the past few weeks, two BSA national board members publicly declared their support for the resolution after being petitioned to do so on Change.org -- including the CEO of AT&T. I hope that if enough people sign my petition, we can convince them to make their decision the right way: a fair, open vote.