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I was stuck in my New Orleans on a stormy Friday afternoon when I first the news. I am now in a Philadelphia hotel room on a sunny afternoon reflecting on the news.
Major League Soccer will not partner with the Boy Scouts of America after the 2012 season.
When the partnership was announced in January, we were upset. The league we love would be working with and sending money to an organization that, as a national policy, wouldn’t have us as members.
To MLS’ credit, the Scouts said the policy was under review, especially after the outcry following the dismissal of out Ohio leader Jennifer Tyrell. There was a potential that the Scouts could do the right thing, and a number of Board members even publicly said they would be in favor of a change.
But last week the Boy Scouts dug in their heels last week and said that they would not enact any changes to their policy following a two-year review. Many expressed outrage, and even Eagle Scout Grant Wahl said that MLS needed to cut their Boy Scout ties:
This Eagle Scout thinks MLS needs to cut ties to Boy Scouts after their reaffirmation of anti-gay policy washingtonpost.com/national/apnew…
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) July 17, 2012
The MLS’ partnership with the Boy Scouts is such a worthy topic for discussion that this Happy Hour is dedicated to recapping our discussion so far, so hopefully you can chat about it and further the conversation tonight. read more…
The gay4soccer Opinion on the Partnership between Major League Soccer and the Boy Scouts of America (updated 1.20.12)
Let’s get one thing (proverbially) straight: we here at gay4soccer are all in favor of the continued growth of our beloved American league. But MLS’ latest partnership gave us pause and pushed us to consider whether or not we want that success at any and all costs.