- Lee MarconiMonmouth Council, Scout Executive
Monmouth Council: Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy
We, the Scouting community of Monmouth County urge the Monmouth Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.
I am Gay and I am Eagle Scout and have worked really hard to earn the highest award in Boy Scouts. Scouting has been an integral part of my life. It has taught me many life lessons but also scouting was a place of fun and enjoyment. The leaders of my troop, Troop 22 in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey have all inspired me and have been influential role models. Scouting was one of the best experiences that I am proud to say I was a part of and will always have a place in my life. However, the Boy Scout of America's anti-gay policy is preventing countless young boys from getting to enjoy the excitement that is the Boy Scouts. The adventures, from Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, to the National Jamboree and all the camping trips in between. A scout is Cheerful and Kind, and above all EQUAL! Please sign this petition and help bring and end to the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.
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!
- Monmouth Council, Scout Executive
We the scouting community of Monmouth County, urge you to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy, and urge you to support inclusive scouting. Scouting is not about intolerance and discrimination based on one's sexual orientation. Scouting is where all are equal, a organization for inspiration, encouragement and is where I loved being a part of. However, the BSA's recent issuing of their Anti-discriminatory policy has fractured my relationship with the organization. I and all my fellow scouts enjoyed our times while scouting, camping and experiencing amazing life-changing adventures. Every Scout is Equal! I urge you to reject the Boy Scouts of America's Anti-Gay policy!
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