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Petitioning Field Director - Area 6 Michael Morrell and 39 others

Boy Scouts of America - Laurel Highlands, Moraine Trails, Westmoreland-Fayette Councils: Stop discriminating against gay youth and scout leaders!

The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest private youth organizations, is actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders. If adopted by the organization’s board of directors, it would represent a profound change on an issue that has been highly controversial -- one that even went to the US Supreme Court. The new policy, now under discussion, would eliminate the ban from the national organization’s rules, leaving the local organizations including the Laurel Highlands Council, Moraine Trails Council and Westmoreland-Fayette Council, free to decide for themselves whether they are going to continue such a discriminatory and hateful practice of denying our gay youth the chance to join their organization. By signing this petition, we are asking the Laurel Highlands, Moraine Trails and Westmoreland-Fayette Councils to stop discriminating against gay youth and adopt a policy that is welcome to anyone who wishes to become a scout or a scout leader.

Letter to
Field Director - Area 6 Michael Morrell
Unit Service Executive - Area 2 Aaron Johnson
Program Executive - Area 2 Brandi Butler
and 37 others
Membership Executive - Area 2 Brook Parker
Field Director - Area 2 Tracey Burkey
Unit Service Executive - Area 1 Alahna Bell
Program Executive - Area 1 Dan Lindh
Membership Executive - Area 1 Zach Castelnock
Field Director - Area 1 Jacob Kraus
Field Director - Area 3 James Douglas
Membership Director - Area 3 Marilyn Brown
Customer Service Manager Mollieann Gray
Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh
Area 4 - Unit Service Executive Ryan Geraghty
Area 4 - Program Executive Heath Manbeck
Area 4 - Membership Director Mark Tallarico
Area 4 - Field Director Joe Milharcic
Unit Service Executive - Area 3 Clay Shumway
Program Executive - Area 3 Jeanne Smith
Exploring Executive Jim Wandling
Field Staff Secretary Jason Flowers
Assistant Council Controller Joanne Fink
Council Controller Margaret Schweinsberg
Administrative Assistant Carol Serechin
Administrative Assistant - Area 6 Sharon Jackson
Customer Service Representative - Area 6 Judy Hewitt
Development Director - Area 6 Michele Brenneman
Membership Director - Area 6 Jason Young
Program Director - Area 6 Daniel Stover
Carolyn Guzik
Receptionist/Customer Service Rep. Carol King
Field Staff Secretary Janet DiPaolo
Director of Field Service Charles Flowers
Administrative Assistant Joanne
Development Director Melissa Miller
Development Director Mark McHaddon
Development Director Matt Mallin
Flag Plaza Services Assistant Joel Zwibel
Registrar April Cieply
Director of Development Amy Franz
I signed this petition because I believe that it is wrong to discriminate. Your organization should be welcoming to everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. At a time when gay bullying and suicide is at an all-time high, the Laurel Highlands Council, Moraine Trails Council, and Westmoreland-Fayette Council needs to be on the right side of history and STOP discriminating against gay youth and adopt a policy that is welcoming to anyone who wishes to become a scout or a scout leader.

The Girl Scouts have long adopted a policy of dignity, respect and inclusion. I ask that the Laurel Highlands Council, the Moraine Trails Council, and the Westmoreland-Fayette Council of the Boy Scouts do the same.