It's hard to imagine a more dramatic symbol of how swiftly acceptance of homosexuality is increasing than if the Boy Scouts of America drops its ban on gay Scouts and Scout leaders. Even the growing number of states that recognize gay marriage addresses more the liberal corners of the nation, and the findings by various courts that prohibitions on same-sex marriage are illegally discriminatory.
For an organization that took a decidedly conservative turn some years ago, reconsidering its position is an unexpected admission that public opinion has changed both outside and within the Scouts. To Christian conservatives, the Boy Scouts of America is cravenly bending to societal pressure; the better description is that it is realizing that the world has changed and that it will have to change along with it to remain a viable organization that is true to its original goals of public service and inclusiveness.
Yes, some argue that even this proposal wouldn't go far enough because it doesn't require its troops to follow the policy. But the Boy Scouts is a private organization; its right to set its own membership standards has long been upheld in the courts. And it has the right to allow the evolution of belief within the ranks to take its course over time.