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The Pediatric Forum
December 2001

Sexual Orientation Is Not the Issue

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(12):1390. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.12.1390

As a volunteer who has spent a number of years in the BSA, I read with interest the letter by Girard et al in the March 2001 issue of the ARCHIVES. Their logic is derived directly from the first sentence, which states that the BSA excludes "homosexual persons from membership." That is not the case and therefore, any conclusions based on that defective premise are unlikely to be accurate.

"Excluding homosexual persons from membership" implies homophobia or an enforced policy on the part of the BSA. The BSA makes no attempt to discover the sexual orientation of members or leaders. In view of the fact that the BSA serves boys from the sixth grade up to about driving age, most of whom do not even have the ability to think abstractly, why would sexual orientation be an issue? What boy will really grasp the issue? Is that the correct forum to address such an issue?

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