We, the Scouting community of Southeastern New England urge the Narragansett Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.
Scouting means a lot to us. We are current Scouts and former Scouts, Tenderfoots and Eagles, adult leaders, youth leaders, Order of the Arrow members, camp staff. So what if we are gay or straight? When we put on our uniform, we are Scouts, and that is the only thing that should matter.
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!