Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy
  • Petitioned Great Salt Lake Council

This petition was delivered to:

Great Salt Lake Council
Scout Executive
Mr. Rick Barnes
District Director - Davis Area
Mr. Kent Gregersen
District Director - Salt Lake/Summit Area
Mr. Doug Guest
District Director - West Area
Mr. Fred Jepsen
District Director - East Area
Mr. Stephen Eborn
District Director - Multicultural
Mr. Reid Hall
Director of Development
Mr. Don Bean

Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy

    1. Jason Dautel
    2. Petition by

      Jason Dautel

      Salt Lake City, UT

We, the Scouting community of Salt Lake City, Utah urge the Great Salt Lake Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.

Utah and Salt Lake City are home to some of the BSA's strongest supporters. We grew up with Scouting as a central part of our lives. We were taught "to help other people at all times," and to be, among other things, "trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, [and] kind." Any policy that allows discrimination based on sexual orientation, whether enacted by local leaders or otherwise, is in direct opposition to the values and principles that Scouts are taught to hold dear.

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!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. LDS Church - Official Response

      Jason Dautel
      Petition Organizer
      Mormon Newsroom - Church Responds to Boy Scouts of America Policy Vote

      The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints responded today to the Boy Scouts of America vote on its membership policy with the following statement: For the past 100 years, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has enjoyed a strong relationship with Boy Scouts of America, based on our mutual interest in helping boys and young men understand and live their duty to God and develop upright moral behavior.

    2. KUTV Announces Vote

      Jason Dautel
      Petition Organizer
      Boy Scouts Of America Lift Ban On Gay Scouts, But Ban On Gay Leaders Stays | KUTV.com

      Boy Scouts Of America Lift Ban On Gay Scouts, But Ban On Gay Leaders Stays By Cristina Flores(KUTV) Salt Lake resident and Eagle Scout Jason Dautel said he was "overjoyed" when he heard the Boy Scouts of America's national council voted to lift the ban on gay scouts - although the ban on gay, adult leaders is still in place.

    3. KSL Announces Vote

      Jason Dautel
      Petition Organizer
      Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys | ksl.com

      SALT LAKE CITY - The Boy Scouts of America voted Thursday to open its membership to all boys, regardless of sexual orientation. Benjamin Wood, Education Reporter Scouting officials announced that the organization's national council adopted a new membership policy resolution by a vote of 61 percent to 38 percent.

    4. National Vote Today

      Jason Dautel
      Petition Organizer
      Boy Scouts of America to vote on gay ban

      SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) - The Boy Scouts of America is on the verge of a monumental policy change in their traditional organization. Utah has 42 delegates in Texas set to vote on whether or not to allow gay boys be scouts. Gay adults remain banned from being leaders.

    5. LDS Church Supports Welcoming Gay Youth to the Boy Scouts

      Jason Dautel
      Petition Organizer
      LDS Church satisfied with Scouting membership compromise | Deseret News

      MATT GILLIS , Deseret News The LDS Church issued a statement Thursday indicating it is satisfied with the Boy Scouts of America's proposed policy compromise on membership and leadership. SALT LAKE CITY - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement Thursday indicating it is satisfied with the Boy Scouts of America's proposed policy compromise on membership and leadership.

    6. New Proposal: Just Allow Gay Youth, Not Gay Leaders

      Jason Dautel
      Petition Organizer
      Boy Scouts to consider lifting ban on openly gay youths

      By Caroline Connolly, FOX 13, and Katia Hetter, CNN. SALT LAKE CITY - The Boy Scouts of America would no longer deny membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation but would maintain its ban on openly gay adult leaders under a proposal it is considering, the group said Friday.

    7. Jason Dautel discusses the petition on the Rod Arquette Show

      Jason Dautel
      Petition Organizer
      Jason Dautel on the Rod Arquette Show 04-10-2013

      The petition can be found here: https://www.change.org/petitions/great-salt-lake-council-reject-the-boy-scouts-of-america-s-anti-gay-policy Rod Arquette (Utah's Glenn Beck) asks Jason Dautel about his Salt Lake petition to reject the Boy Scouts' ban on gays, and whether lifting the ban would damage the organization or result in boys being molested.

    8. Reached 1,500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Sara Fladmo CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
      • 12 months ago

      Equality is for everyone.

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    • Paul Douglas Lowe FOUNTAIN GREEN, UT
      • 12 months ago

      Over the years I've volunteered as an Institutional Rep, as well as a Scout Master and Pack Master. But, I eventually stopped volunteering and donating because I decided it was time to treat Gays equally.

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    • Erskine Gosa 2297 EAST GALBRAITH ROAD, OH
      • 12 months ago

      It is still unlawful to discriminate against a class of people

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    • Brigham Bagley SALT LAKE CITY, UT
      • about 1 year ago

      I'm a gay eagle scout. I want my kids to attend a scouting program where they don't have to hear hateful and homophobic comments about their parents. No other child should feel evil about themselves for their orientation either. They shouldn't have to lie about it to be in the program. Because sexuality has nothing to do with scouting, it should not be a qualification to participate.

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    • Adam Diener CENTERVILLE, UT
      • about 1 year ago

      Equal rights to all!

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