Acceptance of ALL Scouts no Matter Their Sexual Orientation
  • Petitioned Yankee Clipper Coucil-Boy Scouts of America

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Yankee Clipper Coucil-Boy Scouts of America
Thomas Bringle
Dennis Gleson
Kevin Nichols

Acceptance of ALL Scouts no Matter Their Sexual Orientation

    1. Grant Weaver
    2. Petition by

      Grant Weaver

      Rockport, MA

July 2013


After 13 months, 124 campaigns, and more than 1.8 million petition signatures, the Boy Scouts of America voted on and approved a resolution that allows openly gay youth to participate in Scouting. Thank you for signing this petition and helping to make this victory possible. Unfortunately, the Boy Scouts continue to ban gay parents and adult leaders from their organization. To join the effort to end all discrimination in Scouting, please go to today.

In Boy Scouts you learn many things, and a set of morals is one of the biggest ones. You also learn respect and, as the Scout Law states, to be Reverant. Reverant is defined as: [a] feeling or showing deep and solemn respect. The Boy Scouts of America, and in turn the Yankee Clipper Council are not showing this respect. They are instead embracing a policy of discrimination unfair to not just those scouts excluded, but the scouts, leaders, and volunteers who are a part of scouting but dissagree with this policy. This must change. Thankfully the National Council is debating wheather or not to make this move to equality. Some Council's are already backing equality. I hope we can make the Yankee Clipper Council into one of those.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Starting a Discussion

      Grant Weaver
      Petition Organizer

      An editorial from yesterdays Gloucester Daily TImes. And don't forget to share this with as many people as posible! Thanks

      Editorial: Scouts send powerful message

      Thousands of people across Cape Ann and no doubt millions across the nation have learned a great deal from their time in the Boy Scouts of America. But an Eagle Scout from Rockport and a group of parents and leaders with a Rockport Cub Scout troop have shown they've learned one of the most important lessons of all - not to be afraid of standing up for what you believe is right.

    3. In the Papers

      Grant Weaver
      Petition Organizer
      Letter: Eagle Scout decries discriminatory policy

      To the editor: I am writing to address policy of the Boy Scouts of America of discrimination of Scouts based on their sexual orientation. I am an Eagle Scout and have been a member of the Rockport scouting community for roughly 13 years, including seven years as a member of Troop 20.

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      Grant Weaver
      Petition Organizer

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    5. Reached 50 signatures
    6. Why I started this

      Grant Weaver
      Petition Organizer

      I'm an Eagle Scout and I'm pround of it. What I'm not proud of is how I am being represented. When you earn that highest honor, you are supposed to represent scouting and all that it stands for. My question is why can't scouting do the same for us? Why is it that a few men in Texas get to decide what we stand for, drawing the ire of many and ultimatly hurting scouting.

      Now I'm not homosexual, and I don't know any scouts who are (or maybe I do, but they are unable to share it) but I do know about fairness. I do know about equality. I do now about principle.

      What will change this policy is the growth of resistance from the inside, not just scouts and leaders, but their families friends and anyone who has thought about scouting. We must work to change it, not for ourselves, but for others. One council, one signature at a time.

      I thank you for your support and I hope that you will motvate others to do the same.

    7. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Andrea Claassen BRUCE, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm an ASM, my husband is Advancements Coordinator, and we have a Star Scout and a Second Class Scout. The anti-gay policy conflicts with the BSA's vision and mission statements and with the Scout Law and Oath. Do the right thing, BSA -- own up to your wrongdoing and overturn this deleterious policy. Membership should be based on character and nothing else.

    • Tim Miles GEORGETOWN, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      There is nothing in the scout oath, law, or motto that states discriminate.

    • Jim Munro METHUEN, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      it's 2013. There's no room for discrimination anywhere in the US

    • Mike Buckley GEORGETOWN, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      It's the right thing to do. Period.

    • Jerrie Hildebrand SALEM, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      As the mom of an Eagle Scout, and a former Girl Scout Leader I am clear of the strength and courage available for young people when authentic respect is available to them.


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