Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy
  • Petitioned Pacific Skyline Council

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Pacific Skyline Council

Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy

    1. Chris Kramer
    2. Petition by

      Chris Kramer

      Foster City, CA

We, the Scouts and community members of Foster City, CA urge the Pacific Skyline Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.

While there is a national organization to the Boy Scouts of America, the program itself is run locally, where politics do not always apply or make sense. We want to remind all of our families that Foster City Pack 447 supports the spirit and the ideals of Scouting and the council feels that this means that no single individual or group of people should be prevented from taking part in our shared experience. Our ambition is to bring our sons together to give them the guidance and skills to allow them to become the leaders of tomorrow by providing a fun and educational environment in which to grow. Foster City Pack 447 does not support or condone the exclusion of anyone from our activities based on faith, race or relationships. While the national organization may have its own views, intolerance of any kind will not find a home within the Foster City Cub Scouts.

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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    • John Bateman SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a former adult leader of Troop 17 in San Francisco. I could no longer accept the national policy that contradicts the tenets of the scout law and allowed my membership to expire in 2012.

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    • David Dupree SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Homophobic tapdancing around an issue of accepting young men to experience scouting up to the age of 18 and then dropping the basis of truthfulness is just plain silly. Adults are just continuing so ideal that has no basis in reality.

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    • Kim Cooper SAN MATEO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Boy Scouts shouldn't be discriminating. Come into the 21st century, guys.

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    • Robert English MENLO PARK, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because scouting is important to me, and the membership policy hurts scouts and scouting.

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    • Yvette Willson STATE COLLEGE, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      This is the right thing to do. No one should be excluded from scouting. Scouting is about teaching our children to become great people, giving them the skills they need to be leaders. My daughters are getting that with the GS, but my son recently left BS. Both my husband and I were members until then. How can an organization that promotes honesty, integrity, doing the right thing, and being all that you can be, want to teach our kids to be discriminatory, intolerant, and unaccepting of each other's differences. That is what makes us all so special. We are not all alike, we are different. And, we need to embrace that.

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