End your unnecessary ban on gay Boy Scout leaders and re-approve my membership!
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Three years ago I was forced to resign my position as Assistant Scoutmaster at my son’s Scout Troop after the local BSA Council learned that I was openly gay. After eight years of involvement with the unit, including six years as a fully trained and registered leader with an unblemished Scouting record, I was forced out despite the support of my Troop and church which sponsors our unit.
Since then, I’ve fought with many others to change the national Boy Scout of America policy banning gay Scouts and leaders. Three weeks ago, the BSA finally removed its ban on openly gay leaders, and I couldn’t wait to rejoin my son’s Scout Troop. Unfortunately, the BSA left the door wide open for church-sponsored discrimination, and the Archdiocese of Louisville decided to kick me right through that door.
I’m asking Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky to end his ban on openly gay Boy Scout Leaders and approve my re-application for membership.
Last week, I learned from my pastor that the Archdiocese of Louisville decided I would not be allowed to rejoin the Scout Troop at my church. Since the new BSA policy went into effect, this makes Archdiocese of Louisville the only religious-based entity in America that has taken a formal stand and implemented this ban on openly gay Scout leaders.
My husband and I have been together for 33 years and legally married for 11 years. We were also the named plaintiffs in the Bourke vs. Beshear marriage equality lawsuit from Kentucky that the US Supreme Court ruled on in June. This was a ruling that Archbishop Kurtz bitterly fought as a leading member of the national opposition to marriage equality.
My husband and I have been active members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Louisville for 28 years, having served in a variety of ministries including Parish Council, Worship Committee, Communion Ministry, Boy and Scout Leaders, and much more. Our two adopted children also attended the church school from 2002 through 2013, and they now attend Catholic high school in Louisville. As lifelong practicing Catholics, my family is troubled by this unnecessary church-sponsored anti-gay discrimination -- and our fellow parishioners are as well.
In establishing this ban, Archbishop Kurtz has set a precedent that I pray will not be followed by other Catholic dioceses throughout our country. Please join me in encouraging him to drop this ban now before any other people are harmed by these actions.
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