We, the Scouting community of Southern Maine urge the Pine Tree Council, Boy Scouts of America to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.
I've seen the benefits of scout membership as a member in my youth as well as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader. These benefits need to be available to all youth and volunteers desiring to serve.
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!