HOUSTON -- The patches on Charles Spain's old Boy Scouts uniforms are badges of honor.
For him, once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout.
“My father was a Scout, I was a Scout, my son is a Scout,” said Spain. “I have every hope and faith in Boy Scouts that they are going to do the right thing, and this ban will come to an end.”
Currently, Boy Scouts of America has a policy in place that allows it to turn away openly gay Scouts and Scout leaders.
In 2000, the Supreme Court affirmed the BSA’s right to do this.
But Spain, a local attorney, says for years, gay Scouts and former Scouts have been working to change the policy.
“That’s a value scouting teaches,” said Spain. “If you don’t think government and other groups are doing things they way they should be done, you should work to change those organizations.”
But after protests from gay advocacy groups, and the loss of big-name corporate sponsors – including UPS and drug manufacturer Merck – the BSA is considering dropping its policy.
This has affected membership.
“I know many people, straight parents, that won't put their kid in scouting because of this.” Spain said.
But Spain and his husband took a different path. They kept their son in Cub Scouts.
“For my son, at age ten, he doesn't understand it,” said Spain. “Hopefully, he won't need to understand it. It will just be history.”