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Great Trail Council: Reject BSA anti-gay policy
  • Petitioned Great Trail Council

This petition was delivered to:

Boy Scouts of America
Great Trail Council
Council Scout Executive
Mike Jones
Assistant Scout Executive
Mike Panasiti
Development Director
Jody Gildersleeve
Council Program Director
Jim Shimko
Business Manager
Bill Soinski
Executive Secretary
Megan King
Sen. Sherrod Brown

Great Trail Council: Reject BSA anti-gay policy

    1. Equality Advocate
    2. Petition by

      Equality Advocate

      Columbus, OH

We, the Scouts and community members of Great Trail Council urge the Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.

Among service organizations, the Boy Scouts are increasingly isolating themselves with their discriminatory policy. Organizations including the Girl Scouts, 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, but we can’t support this policy. That's why we urge you to speak out against the ban on gay Scouts and leaders 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.

Recent signatures


    1. Sherrod Brown sends BSA a message

      David Fedyniak
      Petition Organizer

      Sherrod Brown has finally decided to speak out against the BSA! Along with Senator Merkley, he sent BSA a message that their discriminatory ways MUST end. We haven't won yet, but we are that much closer!

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. Two Weeks

      David Fedyniak
      Petition Organizer

      As of today, this petition has been out for 14 whole days! With 675 signatures, that's an average of just over 48 signatures per day!

    4. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Tasha Hutchins TULSA, OK
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a current Cub Master and believe the ban needs to go away

    • Kimberly Read OAKLAND, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      It is important to show that Boy Scouts is a loving and inclusive organization.

    • Caleb Baldwin ROOTSTOWN, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      I have no problem with those who are gay, bisexual, etc. and do not see why those who are shouldn't be allowed to be in the Boy Scouts of America.

    • Paul Hesson LOVELAND, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      Gay son is an Eagle Scout

    • Kris Lynch RAVENNA, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      Boy Scouts needs to promote tolerance and the values of caring, responsible parenting and leadership, not intolerance based on arbitrary characteristics.


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