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(GNYC) Greater New York Council, Boy Scouts of America: Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy

We, the Scouting community of NY, NY urge the Greater New York Council, BSA to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.

This policy is based in part on ignorance, as well as willful discrimination or bigotry at times. It is contrary to the teachings of many groups which host chartered organizations, including the Roman Catholic Church in the letters and other pronouncements of the US Catholic Conference of Bishops. There shall be no unjust discrimination in regards to those of same sex attraction, it is taught.

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.

NOTE: We 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. Thanks!

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