- John AnthonyScout Executive/CEO - South Florida Council
South Florida Council: Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy
We, the Scouting community of Key West and the Florida Keys, urge the South Florida Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.
The City of Key West has the official motto of "One Human Family". We in Key West and the Florida Keys value all human beings and we choose to actively not discriminate against anyone for any reason. Most of our local Scouting organizations in the Keys are unofficially non-discriminating; but we need to make it official. And, we need South Florida Council to support us in making non-discrimination the rule and not the exception.
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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- Scout Executive/CEO - South Florida Council
Please reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy. The motto of Key West is "One Human Family." This is how we should view every young boy and young man that wants to benefit from being a Scout. I urge you to join with other Councils aross the USA in rejecting this policy. I urge you to have the delegates to the National Convention vote in favor of INCLUSION.
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