Lincoln Heritage Council: Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy
  • Petitioning Mr. Robert J Mazzuca

This petition will be delivered to:

Chief Scout Executive
Mr. Robert J Mazzuca
Chief Scout Executive
Mr. Wayne Brock
Lincoln Heritage Council
Barry G. Oxley, II, Scout Executive
Lincoln Heritage Council
Clint Scharff, Deputy Scout Executive

Lincoln Heritage Council: Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy

    1. Greg Bourke
    2. Petition by

      Greg Bourke

      Louisville, KY

My name is Greg Bourke, and in August 2012, the Lincoln Heritage Council and Boy Scouts of America forced me to resign my position as Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 325 in Louisville, KY. Despite five years of dedicated service to my troop, district, council and the BSA, it was determined that I had to go because I admitted that I was gay and as a result LHC said I "did not meet its membership requirements."

Photo above: Former Assistant Scoutmaster Greg Bourke and his son.

After being forcibly removed from my position, I received unanimous support from my Troop, Troop Committee, Church, Scouts, Scout Leaders and Scout Parents. The local newspaper published both a news article and an editorial showcasing the discrimination I suffered at the hands of the Lincoln Heritage Council and the BSA. In September 2012, I received a special "Legislative Citation" from the State of Kentucky House of Representatives honoring me and my dedication to Scouting and service to my community.

My partner and and I have been together for over 30 years, and we were legally married in Canada nine years ago.  We have been very active members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Louisville, Kentucky for over 25 years. 

We have two adopted children, ages 13 and 14, a girl and a boy.  I have been a Girl Scout leader for seven years, and was a Cub/Boy Scout leader for over five years until I ws forced to resign.  I have been fully trained by both the Girl Scouts of America and the Boy Scouts of America, passed numerous background checks, and have been what many consider a model Scout leader.

My son is currently a Life Rank Boy Scout, has completed all of his necessary Merit Badges, and is now working on his Eagle Project.  I have been with him all the way on his journey to Eagle, but now the BSA has forced me to resign.

Please sign this petition and help let the Lincoln Heritage Council and Boy Scouts of America know that its discriminatory policy against gay leaders and youth must come to an end.

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.

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 4,000 signatures
    2. Courier Journal: Petition seeks reinstatement of gay former Boy Scout leade

      Greg Bourke
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012309170111

      More than 2,000 people from across Kentucky and around the world have signed a petition urging the Boy Scouts of America to reinstate gay Scout leader Greg Bourke and renounce its policy barring gay scouts and leaders.
      The signers include numerous Eagle Scouts, state Rep. Mary Lou Marzian and TV and radio personality Terry Meiners, who wrote that Bourke is an “exemplary person, a doting father and a pious, generous man of integrity.”
      Bourke was forced to resign last month after he wrote to Boy Scouts of America executives, told them he was gay and asked if he was still welcome.
      He was ousted under a Boy Scout policy enacted in 1991 and reaffirmed in July that bars gays from being Scout leaders or members.

      Read more at: http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012309170111

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Elizabeth Gillingham SOLANA BEACH, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      every person deserve the opportunity to live the life they are entitled to free of unwarranted discrimination

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    • Elyse LaCroix SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      For shame boy scouts!!

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    • Caroline Smith RICHMOND, VA
      • 2 months ago

      to support the scouts

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    • Collette Wilson LOUISVILLE, KY
      • over 1 year ago

      BSA's policy has changed but not where leaders are concerned...one more reason I am apologetic about getting involved to begin with. This occurred within our local council. Shame on you BSA...I have witnessed MUCH more henious behaviors in regards to self-serving, narcissistic leadership.

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    • Alex Becker LOUISVILLE, KY
      • over 1 year ago

      It's one thing for the BSA as a national organization to be struggling with whether or not to change their policy, but when a local troop enforces that policy in this way, I have to speak out against it.

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