Reject the BSA's Anti-Gay Policy
  • Petitioned Baltimore Area Council

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Baltimore Area Council

Reject the BSA's Anti-Gay Policy

    1. Erin Tunkel
    2. Petition by

      Erin Tunkel

      Mount Airy, MD

 

We, the scouts and community members of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Howard, Harford Counties and Baltimore City urge the Baltimore Area Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.

Among service organizations, the Boy Scouts are increasingly isolating themselves with their prohibition on gay youth and leaders. Organizations including the Girl Scouts of America, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as well as the 4H Club all welcome gay kids as well as adult leaders.

We love the Boy Scouts and everything the organization has done for the young men in our community. That's why we urge you to speak out against this ban and adopt an inclusive policy like other troops, packs, councils, and lodges across the country have done -- so the Boy Scouts can maintain its relevancy, improve recruitment, and truly live by the principles it teaches its members.

Please end the ban on gay scouts and leaders immediately.

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    • Stephen Weisman BOWIE, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      As the Rabbi of a congregation serving Anne Arundel County, who has been privileged to honor many of our scouts from the BAC, it is important to me that BSA's important moral lessons include tolerance of all people....

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    • Susan Eckert ARNOLD, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      My husband and son are Eagle Scouts and I served as an adult leader for many years when my son was in Scouts. Scouting offers a tremendous opportunity to learn life skills. An anti-gay policy not only excludes worthy individuals from these opportunities, it also excludes itself from the many important contributions these gay youth and leaders can make to Scouting.

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    • Mark Stephens SEVERN, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      As an Eagle Scout myself, I learned values from Scouting that contradict this policy. It is in direct conflict with the pretty much every tenet of the scout law, especially Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Cheerful, Brave, and in my religious views and my staunch faith in God I even believe it contradicts Reverence as well.

      It is only through growth and evolution that the Scouts will be able to truly learn, develop and grow into the Men that Lord Baden-Powell meant them to be through his program.

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    • Andrew Brown SAVAGE, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      As a lifelong Scout (from Tiger Cubs (6) through Order of the Arrow Council Chief (18)), I feel it is of the utmost importance that the BSA uphold its own values: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. To all people of the world, not just those who follow a restrictive model of what it means to be "Scoutworthy."

      The Scouts can mold the minds of all children, not just "the straight ones."

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    • Robert Jackson COLUMBIA, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      I was a scout once. All boys deserve an opportunity to experience scouting.

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