We, the Scouting community of the Charleston area urge the Coastal Carolina Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.
As an Eagle Scout of the BSA we are taught diversity, inclusion, and brotherhood. It is time for the BSA to live by its code and oath. To be discriminatory towards one for who they are holdsback the potential that can be tapped and unlocked for future generations. I am proud to hold the rank of Eagle, and I attribute my success to the experiences I learned in scouting. I want to see the future youth have the same opportunities without torment and discrimination hovering above them for ever merit badge and rank advancement.
Service organizations including the Girl Scouts, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and the 4H Club all welcome gay kids and adult leaders. Also, the American Medical Association has opposed the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy, saying it could cause psychological trauma in youth.
We love the Boy Scouts, but we can’t support this policy. That's why we urge you to speak out and adopt an inclusive policy like other troops, packs, councils, and lodges across the country have done -- so the Boy Scouts can maintain its relevancy, improve recruitment, and truly live by the principles it teaches its members.
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