Gates, a former CIA director and former defense secretary, warned officials in the organization in Atlanta on Thursday that failure to make changes quickly could spell “the end of us as a national movement.”
“I am not asking the national board for any action to change our current policy at this meeting,” he said. “But I must speak as plainly and bluntly to you as I spoke to presidents when I was director of CIA and secretary of defense.”
Gates said many local councils were already challenging the national organization’s membership policy, and many more could be expected to follow.
“While technically we have the authority to revoke their charters, such an action would deny the lifelong benefits of scouting to hundreds of thousands of boys and young men today and vastly more in the future,” he said. “I will not take that path.”
Welcome to the inevitable, Mr. Gates.
The Religious Reich is sure to get their knickers in a twist because as we all know, all gay men are pedophiles and no straight man would ever do anything indecent with underage children, right?