Lewis and Clark Council: Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy
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Alicia Lifrak

Lewis and Clark Council: Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy

    1. Chris  Hornsey
    2. Petition by

      Chris Hornsey

      Alton, IL

We, the Scouts and community members of the Metro East and Southern Illinois urge Lewis and Clark Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.

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.

Please note that 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!

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. 50 SIGNATURES!!!

      Chris  Hornsey
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you, keep up the good work, get the word out, let's make this policy history.

    3. Reached 50 signatures
    4. President Obama Opposes Homophobic Policy of the BSA

      Chris  Hornsey
      Petition Organizer

      We have support from the most powerful man in the world, this should be seen as progress for all those who are denied enjoying the fun and developing programs the BSA has to offer because of their sexual orientation.

    5. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • shannon gaulding CULVER CITY, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a Scout Leader - please please reject this anti-American and anti-scouting policy. My Pack cannot use any city parks or school locations because of this discrimination. How do i explain to my son that he can play in the park in his street clothes but CANNOT go onto park property for a Scout function because the Scouts discriminate. I am ashamed as both a parent and a leader. I have been involved in Scouting for 13 years and struggling to stay in because this discrimination is so diametrically opposed to my husband and i's spiritual beliefs and practices.

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    • Lee Iverson HIBBING, MN
      • over 1 year ago

      I want Scouting to continue but if they don't change, they will fade away.

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    • J S ALAMEDA, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a former scout and a current scout leader and I agree with rejecting the BSA's Anti-gay and anti atheist policies.

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    • Richard Mullaney AKRON, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      As an Eagle Scout and Past Leader I cannot stand by this policy and I am considering returning my Eagle Badge to the organization.

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    • Andrea Claassen BRUCE, MI
      • almost 2 years ago

      Currently an Assistant Scoutmaster, the BSA's anti-gay policy goes against the core of my spiritual beliefs while it pretends to be nonsectarian. I resent that the BSA tells my sons to be reverent, kind, loyal, and helpful out of one side of its mouth, then tells them to reject gay brethren in direct opposition to their religious beliefs out of the other side. Sexuality has nothing to do with the content of one's character, and it is morally reprehensible to reject LGBTQ people strictly because they are LGBTQ.

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