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Petitioning Great Salt Lake Council and 7 others

Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy

We, the Scouting community of Salt Lake City, Utah urge the Great Salt Lake Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.

Utah and Salt Lake City are home to some of the BSA's strongest supporters. We grew up with Scouting as a central part of our lives. We were taught "to help other people at all times," and to be, among other things, "trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, [and] kind." Any policy that allows discrimination based on sexual orientation, whether enacted by local leaders or otherwise, is in direct opposition to the values and principles that Scouts are taught to hold dear.

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!

This petition was delivered to:
  • Great Salt Lake Council
  • Scout Executive
    Mr. Rick Barnes
  • District Director - Davis Area
    Mr. Kent Gregersen
  • District Director - Salt Lake/Summit Area
    Mr. Doug Guest
  • District Director - West Area
    Mr. Fred Jepsen
  • District Director - East Area
    Mr. Stephen Eborn
  • District Director - Multicultural
    Mr. Reid Hall
  • Director of Development
    Mr. Don Bean

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