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The Impact of the Boy Scouts’ Anti-Gay Policy

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

We told you earlier this week about several members of the Boy Scouts who handed in their badges in response to the BSA’s reaffirmation of the policy discriminating against openly gay people. Now another Scout, Richard Loew, is turning in his badge as well.

In a letter to the Boy Scouts of America, Loew says:

“It is my belief that the Boy Scouts of America is sending a clear message to the world of their intention not to foster tolerant leaders of tomorrow but rather to continue populating the world with ignorance and bias. Given the world we live in today, I believe most of us would agree there is sufficient bias without an organization such as the BSA adding to it and consider my association with such an organization to be of embarrassment to me personally and therefore am returning my Eagle Scout card to you.”

View the full letter.

As HRC President Chad Griffin and GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said in a joint op-ed in the Dallas Morning News, the BSA’s policy sends a dangerous message that gay people are somehow less deserving of dignity, honor and respect than others. If the policy has impacted you or a loved one personally, let us know.

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