Golden Empire Council: Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy and reinstate Tim Griffin
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Program Director, Golden Empire Council
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Barbara Seaton
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Judi Velasquez
Camping Registrar, Golden Empire Council
Naseb Rahman

Golden Empire Council: Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy and reinstate Tim Griffin

    1. Alex Hayes
    2. Petition by

      Alex Hayes

      El Dorado Hills, CA

Our friend Tim Griffin needs your help.

Eagle Scout Tim Griffin, the longest-serving employee (8 years) at Camp Winton in Amador County, California, was fired by the Golden Empire Council because he is gay.

Tim was loved not only by his fellow camp staffers, but all of the Boy Scouts who participated in programs he ran at the camp. The Golden Empire Council claims he was fired because he violated the camp's dress code. But as his direct supervisor at the Camp Winton, I know this isn't true. He was fired because of his sexual orientation. The men who fired Tim haven't even stepped foot on Camp Winton this summer.

In response to this hurtful display of discrimination, I resigned in protest, as did 9 other camp employees. Though we love the Boy Scouts, we cannot work for an organization that treats great employees like Tim as second-class citizens.

The Golden Empire Council says that Tim's sexual orientation had nothing to do with his removal. If this is truly the case, we urge the council to adopt an inclusive member and leader policy, just like the Northern Star Council in Minnesota has.

Please join me and my fellow Camp Winton employees in standing with Tim. Join us in urging the Golden Empire Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.

NOTE: We encourage everyone to join this campaign, but if you're a current or former Scout or leader, please say so in the "Why People Are Signing" section. Thanks!

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    1. Reached 75,000 signatures
    2. Gay Boy Scout Staffer Continues Fight Online

      Mark Anthony Dingbaum
      Petition Organizer

      Hayes was a program director at Camp Winton and decided to enlist the help of an online site called Change.org which champions social issues. It organizes petition campaigns and creates other strategies for social causes. The response surprised both Hayes and Griffin.

      "We went into this expecting a thousand, maybe two thousand signatures. So far, we've collected over 60,000, pushing 70,000," said Haye

      The Change.org website makes it easy to sign signatures, view comments from supporters and sends an e-mail for each signature to the Golden Empire Boy Scout Council in Sacramento, the group that oversees Camp Winton.

      "We were completely blown away. The petition just blew up overnight," said Griffin.

    3. Vacaville native kicked out of Boy Scouts fights for change

      Mark Anthony Dingbaum
      Petition Organizer

      Griffin said he's heartened by the overwhelming support he's received from the gay and straight communities, as well as the Scouting community. He was also bolstered by the news that, on Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced that he opposes the Boy Scouts ban on gay Scouts and troop leaders. Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney previously voiced the sentiment.

      It's an exciting time, Griffin said, one where real change can happen and those who feel voiceless have an opportunity to shout.

    4. Reached 50,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • David Bromley WARREN, MI
      • 8 months ago

      I just think who a person is attracted should only matter to the person who they are attracted too! :)

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    • Kenneth Chaffin JONESBOROUGH, UNITED STATES
      • 8 months ago

      I read stories all the time about hetersexual rape, so don't give me the excuse that Tim was a danger to the boys.

      Quite trying to be God. Give Tim his job back.

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    • Justin Donat RENO, NV
      • 8 months ago

      2007 Counselor in Training

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    • James Marriott GREENBACKVILLE, VA
      • 12 months ago

      Just say "no!" to discrimination. PS Lord Baden Powell was gay.

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    • Rosalnd Katz APACHE JCT, AZ
      • about 1 year ago

      I believe that this is an act of discrimintion and that those men who fired Tim are spine less liars.

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