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The Pediatric Forum
December 2001

Toleration for the Boy Scouts

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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(12):1391. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.12.1390

As a pediatrician, I have been aware of and have carefully considered the Supreme Court's ruling on the BSA's policy on homosexuality. I have reached a very different conclusion, however, from Girard et al.

The authors state that "There is no medical evidence to suggest an association between homosexuality and impaired moral judgment." This is an absurd juxtaposition! To design such a study first requires one to define "impaired moral judgment," which is (1) not a medical issue; and (2) the issue already begged. Unfortunately for the case being made by Girard et al, there are several reports in the medical and nonmedical literature of gay adults who have tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus who purposefully failed to use condoms during anal and oral intercourse. Does this not qualify as impaired moral judgment? Perhaps it depends on who is doing the defining.

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