The Associated Press, The New York Times and The Washington Post all restrict usage of the term “homosexual” — a word whose clinical history and pejorative connotations are routinely exploited by anti-gay extremists to suggest that lesbians and gay men are somehow diseased or psychologically/emotionally disordered, and which, as The Washington Post notes, “can be seen as a slur.”
Then, in the penultimate paragraph, the story says this: “While some may disagree with the BSA’s actions, the group maintains a strong allegiance to faith and, thus, opposes gay membership.” This is editorializing—there is no one quoted who says anything like this—and it comes to a conclusion that is not true. There are many faith groups that have gay members and support anti-discrimination laws against gay people. The Boy Scouts requires “Duty to God” and denies membership to gay people, but it doesn’t follow that the first requires the second.
That CBS affiliate story is bad enough that it should remind us all to examine our prejudices as we’re writing and to double check that they’re not seeping into our news stories.