We, the Scouts and community members of Houston, TX urge the Sam Houston Area Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.
"A Boy Scout is Kind... He treats others as he wants to be treated. He does not hurt..."
"A Boy Scout is Helpful... A Scout is concerned about other people. "
"A Boy Scout is Friendly... A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own."
A Boy Scout is Brave... He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him."
Among service organizations, the Boy Scouts are increasingly isolating themselves with their discriminatory policy. Organizations including the Girl Scouts, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as well as the 4H Club all welcome gay kids as well as adult leaders.
We love the Boy Scouts, but we can’t support this policy. That's why we urge you to speak out against the ban on gay Scouts and leaders 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.