Five Scouts Return Badges
July 30, 2012 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
A number of Eagle Scouts have returned their badges to the Boy Scouts of America after the organization publicly reaffirmed its discriminatory policy prohibiting openly gay and lesbian individuals from joining as members or troop leaders.
Rob Breymairer, the latest Scout to hand in his badge, said he has lost hope that the 102-year-old organization would “do the right thing,” according to the Tribune.
Last week HRC President Chad Griffin and GLAAD President Herndon Graddick penned a joint op-ed in the Dallas Morning News, urging the Scouting leadership to reconsider their policy, stating:
“The leadership of the Boy Scouts of America are on the wrong side of history on this issue. But more importantly, they are sending a dangerous message from a high pedestal that gay people are not to be valued and not to be included in society.”
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