Earlier this month, the band Train and singer Carly Rae Jepsen made news when they announced that they would decline the invitations made to them to perform at the 2013 Boy Scout Jamboree because of the Boy Scouts policy of encouraging discrimination against gays. Gay adults and youths are banned from participating in the Boy Scout Jamboree, but the majority of Americans now support full equal rights for all people, regardless of sexual orientation. The refusal of the Boy Scouts of America to end its anti-gay discrimination has cast the organization into the role of an anachronistic relic.
Also casting themselves in that anachronistic role are U.S. Representatives David McKinley, Lamar Smith, Shelley Capito, and Nick Rahall. This week, they introduced H.R. 1075, legislation that would require the Department of Defense, during this time of massive budget cuts due to the sequester, to engage in extra spending to support the discriminatory Boy Scouts Jamboree.