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.
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