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

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Seneca Waterways Council

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

    1. Isaiah Keyes
    2. Petition by

      Isaiah Keyes

      West Bloomfield, United States

We, the Scouts and community members of the Finger Lakes urge the Seneca Waterways Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.

A Scout's behavior is not changed based on his or her sexual orientation.

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.

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


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Elizabeth Webster ROCHESTER, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Because of my involvement with Cub and Boy Scouts and my knowledge of great men who are gay and were scouts!!!

    • James Sittnick ROCHESTER, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I was a cub and boy scout over 50 years ago

    • Marty Hotaling ROCHESTER, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I am an Eagle Scout. I now have a son that is 7 and I would very much like him to be involved in scouting. However, I can not with good conscious sign him up until this policy of bigotry is overturned. Please recognize that all the points of the scout law support the reversal of this policy. (Especially a scout is reverent! We are ALL God's creatures. No exceptions!)

    • Eileen Wirley PENFIELD, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      My son was a cub scout in a Webster NY den, and I was very active as a parent.

    • Jack Simel ROCHESTER, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a heterosexual, former scout. The ideals that I was taught in scouting are completely contrary to this absurd, discriminitory policy. The BSA must renounce this stance in the name of everything Scouting stands for.


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