Tell the Boy Scouts: Don't Exclude Gay People
  • Petitioned Maria Dahl-Smith

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National Director of Communications and Development
Maria Dahl-Smith
Chief Scout Executive
Robert Mazzuca
Marketing and Communications Director
Stephen Medlicott

Tell the Boy Scouts: Don't Exclude Gay People

    1. Michael Jones
    2. Petition by

      Michael Jones

      Boston, MA

It's been ten years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts could ban openly gay people from serving as scout leaders. Though he was in the minority opinion, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said at the time that discriminating against anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, is contrary to the mission and philosophy of the Boy Scouts of America.

The Boy Scouts of America bill themselves as an organization dedicated to building character and responsibility in America's youth. But keeping a policy that openly discriminates against gays and lesbians fails to deliver on that promise. Teaching kids that gays and lesbians don't belong is no way to inspire future leaders. It also deprives kids of well-qualified leaders.

Recently a case in Vermont, where two moms were told that they could not lead their son's scouting troop because they were a same-sex couple, brought the Boy Scouts discriminatory policy back into the public limelight. Ten years after getting permission from the U.S. Supreme Court to ban gays and lesbians, the Boy Scouts should move toward inclusion. Times have changed. There are many children living with LGBT parents, or many children with LGBT mentors. Those parents and mentors would make great leaders for our children...if only given the chance by the Boy Scouts of America.

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      Senior Campaign Director

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    • Mark Still HENDERSON, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      I was not a boy scout but I WANTED to be one. Gay people should have the same rights as everyone. I'm a pilot with SW airlines and am appalled at their discrimination.

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    • Mari Strombom Johnson FORT COLLINS, CO
      • almost 3 years ago

      My boys have recently joined the Cub Scouts. My husband and I are excited about what this organization can and will offer to them, but I am deeply struggling with the fact that dear and wondeful friends of ours cannot support their children in Cub Scouts because they are gays and lesbians. And although my boys are only 6 and 8 right now, I can't stomach the idea of them being excluded from this group if they realize they're gay. This policy HAS to change. There is absolutely NOTHING to indicate that gay and lesbian people are any less moral, ethical or of strong character than heterosexual people.

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    • Steve McDaniel AUSTIN, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      Our Pack may implode because of this archaic policy. Many institutions cannot support scouting and honestly carry out rigorous policies against such discrimination. It's a Hobson's choice - prevent discrimination for sexual orientation per your organization's policy or permit such prejudice under the BSA policy. The real victims? The kids.

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    • Travis Owen PHOENIX, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      If the girl scouts can be compassionate enough to allow gays...why can't you?

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    • Oskar Nilsson HJäRUP, SWEDEN
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because all human beings are equal to each other and that's the reason needed.

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