I can understand Robert McCartney’s view that local Boy Scout leaders should state their positions on gays [Metro, May 16], but I find his position that those opposed to the admittance of gays are “resisting the 21st century” to be arrogant and demeaning.

There are good and legitimate reasons many parents have concerns about admitting those with a sexual orientation toward other males, including the facts that on Scout outings and jamborees the boys often share small tents, change clothing in view of other Scouts and use common bath facilities. Perhaps finding a way to circumvent or mitigate difficulties associated with these activities is why the Scout leaders have not yet taken a position. 

Henry J. Kenny, McLean