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Letter: Scouts’ approach sounds familiar

In this June 8, 2014, file photo, a

In this June 8, 2014, file photo, a group of Boy Scouts march during the Salt Lake City's annual gay pride parade, in Salt Lake City. The Mormon church, the nation's largest sponsor of Boy Scout units, is keeping its longtime affiliation with the organization despite its decision to allow gay troop leaders. Photo Credit: AP / Rick Bowmer

“Boy Scouts doing well after lifting ban on gay adults” [News, July 24] reported that almost a year after the Boy Scouts of America voted to end its ban on openly gay adult participants, “the Boy Scouts seem more robust than they have in many years.”

Churches and other faith-based organizations, as well as some corporations, did not abandon their sponsorship in large numbers as feared. The proviso that faith-based organizations are free to select — or reject — leaders according to their beliefs remains in effect.

At the end of the article, a spokeswoman for the Scouts says, “We do not inquire about the sexual orientation of our youth members, adult volunteers or employees.”

That sounds very much like the old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that was dropped by the military in an effort to achieve greater equality, opportunity and tolerance.

Victor Caliman, South Huntington