- Rob MckennaCouncil President
Chief Seattle Council: Declare Your Support for Ending the BSA's Anti-gay Policy
My identical twin brother and I share a love for Scouting. It is a part of our family legacy. Our father was a Scout, and he served as one of our Assistant Scoutmasters. Scouting offered us unique opportunities to bond with our father as we grew in our own confidence and character. Liam and I received our Eagle Scout awards on the same day last year.
While Liam and I both look forward to continuing this family legacy of Scouting, the membership policy of the Boy Scouts won’t allow it. I am straight. Liam is gay. In the eyes of the BSA, I am worthy to share Scouting with my children, but he is not. This heartbreaking consequence for Liam, me, and our parents goes against all I learned in Scouting.
My brother embodies the Scout Oath and Law and was a leader among our Troop. Liam took on the responsibility of Patrol Leader at age 14. After two years, the Scouts in our Troop elected Liam as their Senior Patrol Leader. He earned the admiration and loyalty of our fellow Scouts because of his integrity. The fact that Liam is gay did not affect his relationship with anyone. It has nothing to do with the content of his character.
In the face of the National Council’s continuing prejudice against gay and lesbian parents and volunteers, it is up to individuals and local Councils to demonstrate support for dropping the anti-gay ban. That is why I am calling on my local Council to follow the lead of other Councils across the country and speak out for change. Please sign my petition urging the Chief Seattle Council to declare its support for ending the anti-gay policy.
NOTE: I 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. Thank you for your support.
- Council President
I urge the Board of the Chief Seattle Council to declare its support for ending the BSA’s anti-gay membership policy. This policy undermines the important work of the BSA. It diminishes the BSA’s reputation, membership and fundraising. Your words will bring hope to many in our local Council and our community who struggle with the BSA’s prejudice. All Scouts deserve an equal chance to continue their service to Scouting. All parents deserve an equal chance to be a part of their son’s Scouting experience.
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