What a difference a year makes.
In May 2014, in his first speech as president of the Boy Scouts of America, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said he wouldn't push the issue of gay leaders in the Scouts.
While he would have personally supported allowing gay troop leaders, he said, he would "oppose any effort" to reopen the discussion during his tenure. Such a debate, Gates said, could "provoke a formal, permanent split in this movement" that neither side would be likely to survive.
And yet, just 12 months later, Gates made a speech in which he said exactly the opposite: The Boy Scouts of America faced a threat to its very being if it did not...