|Robert Gates via Wikipedia|
The president of the Boy Scouts, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, told the organization Thursday that its current blanket ban on gay leaders “cannot be sustained” and called on the group to revise the rule “sooner rather than later.”
Gates was at the helm of the Pentagon at the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and is now leading the Boy Scouts as it addresses its ban on gay members. In 2013, the scouts ended its ban on gay youth members but maintained its ban on gay adult leaders.
According to his prepared remarks, Gates said that “events during the past year have confronted us with urgent challenges I did not foresee and which we cannot ignore.” Gates also said some local councils already are “in open defiance of the policy” — specifically referencing the actions of the Greater New York Council, on which BuzzFeed News previously reported — and “the social, political and juridical changes taking place in our country” surrounding gay rights.