D.L. Hughley calls himself a comedian in his Twitter bio, so we’ll take his word for it. His method of arguing for gay rights is a bit short on laughs, though. He called conservative blogger Sister Toldjah a “hooker” after she took issue with his characterization of Chick-fil-A founder Dan Cathy as a racist. Tolerance, right? So what better way to argue for the lifting of a ban on gay Boy Scouts and scout leaders than to call the organization’s uniform “gay”? It’s OK, folks, a liberal said it.
Its past time that Boy Scouts lift their (ignorant, hurtful) ban on gay kids http://t.co/q5hvrNw3
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) January 29, 2013
NBC News reported earlier today that the Boy Scouts of America is “actively considering” lifting the ban, which it reaffirmed just seven months ago. BSA spokesman Deron Smith told NBC the policy under consideration “would allow the religious, civic or educational organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting to determine how to address this issue.” In other words, allowing gay members and leaders would become a sort of “troops’ rights” issue.
Boy Scouts talk about ending ban on gay members but will leave it up to local organisations to decide their own policy. http://t.co/R8eNz6ed
— Dana B (@common_st) January 28, 2013
Actor Neil Patrick Harris displayed quite a bit more tact that Hughley, although we wonder if “diversity” covers those who have religious or other objections to homosexuality.
Come on, Boy Scouts, do the right thing. Diversity should be honored and valued. There should be a merit badge for it.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) January 28, 2013
@ActuallyNPH The new Scout Law should end with "thrifty, brave, clean, and tolerant."
— Rob Saurini (@Saurini) January 28, 2013
A lift of the ban isn’t quite enough to make Dan Savage happy. It looks like the “my duty to God and my country” clause of the oath would have to go too. Next year, maybe?
Looks like Boy Scouts org may vote to lift ban on gay members – what about ban on atheists? That up for a vote too?
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) January 28, 2013
Move over Hughley — you have competition.
Saw on the news Boy Scouts of America bans gay scouts.. Aren't they all gay??
— Colleen (@Colleeenxoo) January 28, 2013
Allowing gay Boy Scouts? I thought you had to be gay to be a Boy Scout
— Tyler Wolf (@tylerwolf9696) January 29, 2013