- Dirk Smith, Scout ExecutiveSuffolk County Council
Suffolk County NY Council: Open the BSA to all families, including those with two moms and two dads.
Discrimination and segregation are wrong and un-American. We may think that others are immoral based on our religious beliefs but as Americans we work together in our beautiful diversity to find common ground.
The Boy Scouts is a non-sectarian organization that has done wonders for many American boys throughout its long history. If the BSA continues to discriminate against gay and lesbian Americans it risks further shrinking, becoming the Boy Scouts of Christian Conservatives rather than the Boy Scouts of America.
The ban was imposed in 1992. Scouts elsewhere, including Canada, Mexico, Europe and the UK where Scouting was founded, remain non-sectarian and have no such ban. Today, an overwhelming majority of Americans (55% to 33%) and an even higher proportion of Long Island families believe that this misguided ban should end.
The Boy Scouts’ own experts have told them that there is “no evidence that homosexuality is a risk factor for abusing others, nor is there any evidence that homosexual adults have a negative effect on children.”
We believe that Scouting will benefit from the participation of all families, with parents who are liberal or conservative, gay or straight, black or white. Lifting the ban will remove this blemish from the American Scouting experience and return the BSA to its founding non-sectarian principles.
- Suffolk County Council
Dirk Smith, Scout Executive
Open the BSA to all families, including those with two moms and two dads.
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