The editorial, in fact, mentions that the "Boy Scouts, like the military, is all about character formation" and later "President Obama eliminated the requirement for straight conduct in the Armed Forces." Note how that can be read: from real men and real women, even abstinence may not be good enough.
The link for the editorial is here
It is true that there are some "practical" issues about "political correctness" and "corporate donations" in the minds of some people.
I've been concerned that there are "moral" issues for those who are "different": some of us are challenged to make our "difference" relevant to meeting the real needs of others in a "eusocial" community (including the need for sharing in real but often unseen sacrifice at times). Suddenly, though, when homosexuality comes up, it become a proxy for all the (other) moral questions about the human heart. The tone of the TWT editorial sounds like "moral character" is all about "growing up straight" -- the title of a notorious 1968 book by Peter Wyden.
Update: Feb. 10
The national BSA in Dallas says it will not vote on the measure until May, 2003.