We, the Scouting community of the Gulf Ridge Council in and around Tampa Florida, urge the Gulf Ridge Council and Scout Executive George McGovern to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.
Many of our Sons started Scouting at age 6, while in the first grade. They have dreamed pinning that Eagle on their uniform for more than half their lives, please do not take that away from them. Be strong and take a stand for what is right for all our sons by acknowledging their dedication and effort, orientation should never be considered when we are talking about supporting and loving our children.
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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