The Boy Scouts organization in the US has been having a hard time recently. The release of secret ‘perversion files‘ of sexual abuse by leaders stretching back over decades has brought further shame to it.
Now long-time partners of the group are splitting with it because of its policy of excluding gays. This article discusses various Jewish organizations that have chosen to sever long-standing ties.
They are even being hurt in their finances. The United Way in Cleveland has said that they will pull funding for Boy Scouts beginning in 2013. This is significant because United Way is quite a conservative organization with strong corporate influence.
Anti-gay organizations are being slowly pushed to the margins as gays are increasingly accepted into the mainstream of society. This is an irreversible tide and it is only a matter of time before the Boy Scouts too will have to reverse their policy if they want to remain viable. How they will square this with their religious policies will be interesting to see.