January 29, 2013

A Collective Voice Can Influence...

I often feel like I am just a mom, who goes about her day, and has minimal influence on the greater good of America.  Although, sometimes something really positive happens after taking the time to voice an opinion, sign a petition, write a blog, or all of the above.  Over the course of several months legislators, non-profit organizations, and run-of-the-mill citizens have spoken against one very controversial subject that involves many of our children.

The Boy Scouts of America have had a long-standing ban on gay participants.  For the better part of a year, thousands of American citizens and leaders have made every effort to persuade those at the executive level of the Boy Scouts to discontinue this antiquated philosophy, and embrace an environment of inclusiveness by allowing young gay men the privilege of being a Boy Scout.

This week it was announced that the Boy Scouts of America are doing just that. Well..they haven't made it official, but word on the street is that they will finalize it after a vote next week.  If the powers that be agree, no longer will there be the exclusionary interpretation by the Boy Scouts of America with regard to gay members.  Although, the overall decision regarding a troop's individual curriculum and method of instruction would give each troop the latitude to operate within their respective charter's belief system, as many troops are affiliated with a religious denomination.  Essentially, each troop still would have the power to interpret the overall mission of the Boy Scouts by the philosophy of their organization's sponsor.

For the first time in a really long time, I have that feeling of pride for taking the time to speak out against an issue that infuriates me.  Some of the loveliest, smartest, and most successful people I know are gay.  It makes me sad knowing they don't have the same privileges because of their sexual orientation.  I honestly believe that in 20 years we will look back and regret as a country that this issue took so long to embrace.

So...for today I am going to feel joy for thousands of boys who otherwise could not participate because of who they are.  I will also remember to make my voice heard in the future.  As it turns out, it does take a village and when you speak collectively you can affect change.

If you missed my earlier post about the Boy Scouts of America, it is called Maybe The Boy Scouts of America Should Emulate The Girl Scouts of America.

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