The Boy Scouts of America postpones its decision on whether to drop or modify its longstanding ban against admitting gays into its ranks. The BSA was supposed to have announced that decision on Wednesday.
But the organization now says it will grapple with this divisive issue during its national council meeting in May.
And that opens the question to a much broader group, says Houston attorney Bill Helfand, a partner with Chamberlain Hrdlicka.
"BSA actually made the decision not to decide it just by their executive board, but to open it up to 1,400 member leaders to assist in making that decision for Boy Scouts of America," explained Helfand.
He isn't just a lawyer. He's also a leader: the scoutmaster of Troop 55, here in Houston. It's one of the nation's largest.
Helfand adds, while the debate has placed the Boy Scouts squarely in the middle of the culture wars, within his troop it's an issue that rarely – if ever – comes up.