|It makes me very very sad, because I always wanted my boys to join scouts. But we have made a family decision that we will never join an organization that would not welcome members of our chosen family who are gay and would discriminate against them and their children.
Wow, do they really discriminate in the US? I am only familiar with Scouts Canada, and not only are we co-ed, but anyone willing to subscribe to the scout promise is welcome. There is no discrimination. The Scout promise does include "duty to God", but God is not used in the sense of a Christian God, more as you do have to believe in a "higher power", we have members of all different kinds of religions here. Maybe if you are atheist you might have an issue with that, I can see that.
Our group does meet at a Church, mainly because they are considered "our sponsor", they don't make us pay for using the meeting space, some groups meet at schools or community halls, we are not "affiliated" with the church we meet at, though we do have a spiritual component to the program (but not a specifically Christian component).
I volunteer as a Cub Scouts leader this year, and was a beaver leader the past three years. I absolutely love the program.