I was impressed that the CEOs of Ernst & Young and AT&T are encouraging the Boy Scouts of America's governing board, of which they are members, to reconsider its policy of excluding gays ("CEO on Scouts' governing board opposes ban on gays," Tribune, June 14).
Corporate America is for gay rights because businesses are sensitive to their employees and customers. Where they lead, America will follow.
Almost all polls now show that a slim majority of Americans believe gay marriage should be legal. For adults under 50, two-thirds favor it, and nearly three-quarters of those under 30.
Given this rising demographic tide, change certainly will follow in the slower political realm. Currently, 12 states prohibit same-sex marriage by statute and 30 do so in their constitutions. (Six states allow same-sex marriage, two others recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions and two states have it on November's ballot.)
Given the number of troops sponsored by Catholics and Mormons, vigorous opponents of same-sex marriage, who knows what the Boy Scouts will decide? This time. But the more Americans come to know gays, the less they will fear.
It's hard to fight equality and love.
Salt Lake City