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.
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.