We, the Scouting community of the San Diego area, urge the San Diego-Imperial Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.
I am an Eagle Scout. Scouting was one of the best experiences of my youth. At the time, many years ago, I had no idea the Boy Scouts had such an odious policy. I would love for my son to join, but I will not support nor allow him to belong to an organization that discriminates.
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.