Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy
  • Petitioned Longhouse Council

This petition was delivered to:

Richard Avery, Scout Executive
Longhouse Council

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

    1. Cathy Bradley
    2. Petition by

      Cathy Bradley

      Syracuse, NY

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April 2013

Victory

After 13 months, 124 campaigns, and more than 1.8 million Change.org petition signatures, the Boy Scouts of America voted on and approved a resolution that allows openly gay youth to participate in Scouting. Thank you for signing this petition and helping to make this victory possible. Unfortunately, the Boy Scouts continue to ban gay parents and adult leaders from their organization. To join the effort to end all discrimination in Scouting, please go to http://change.org/ScoutLeaders today.

We, the Scouting community of Onondaga, NY urge the Longhouse Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.

We support the good that scouting brings to the community and participants. However, we can not support discrimination against fellow scouts or community members.

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!

To:
Longhouse Council, Richard Avery, Scout Executive
Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    Reasons for signing

    • Cathy Bradley SYRACUSE, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      As a current Boy & Cub Scout Parent, I would like the organization to live up to the ideals they teach the scouts- "A Scout Is Kind, A Scout is Friendly". Please adopt an environment of inclusiveness. Do the right thing!

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    • Donna Hamilton NASHVILLE, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      The need for this petition shouldn't exist - everyone should be free to love who they love without being descriminated against.

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    • Mary Beth Alibrandi SKANEATELES, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I believe in the rights of every man, woman and child to not be discriminated against for their sexual orientation.

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    • Andrea Claassen BRUCE, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm an ASM, my husband is Advancements Coordinator, and we have a Star Scout and a Second Class Scout. The anti-gay policy conflicts with the BSA's vision and mission statements and with the Scout Law and Oath. Do the right thing, BSA -- own up to your wrongdoing and overturn this deleterious policy. Membership should be based on character and nothing else.

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    • b C SYRACUSE, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      As a physician I have seen the long term consequences on a young person when adults teach intolerance to children by action, words, policies, and attitudes. Being excluded for your birth attributes wether being short, tall, male, female, black, white, brown, gay, lesbian, etc. leaves long term scars and damage. We can always find reasons to hate, to be intolerant thru ignorance and prejudices. Lets teach our young folks the many faces of discrimination so they can be leaders of tolerance. The Boy Scout Anti Gay policy is harmful to our youth and is an active teacher of discrimination and injustice.

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