Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing
Over the last month we have asked our members and supporters to stand united against the Boy Scouts of America’s discriminatory ban on gay scouts and leaders.
Together, we launched into action calling on representatives from over 300 local councils to vote to end the discriminatory policy.
We were overwhelmed by the response, many of which were written by Eagle Scouts and families with multiple generations who have participated in the proud tradition of scouting. Here’s what a few of you had to say about why you support an end to the ban:
“My grandfather was an Eagle Scout and my husband is an Eagle Scout. We desperately want our son to continue that tradition but he needs to be able to hold his head high while he does it. Please make us proud of our beloved scouts and do the right thing. Being gay is not a choice, discrimination is.”
“Boy scouts are supposed to abide by the Scout Law; however, an anti-gay policy would break the ideas of loyal, friendly, courteous, and kind as well as many others. Promoting an anti-equality message would demonstrate to the scouts that respect is not a value of BSA. It would teach scouts that being open minded and accepting is not something they should value.”
“Your current policies are not representative of the true values of Scouting, but rather, a harmful & hurtful policy that will destroy the brotherhood for which Scouting has represented.”
“Discrimination is never OK, and I know the values of your organization would be better represented if equality were more fully embraced by the organization.”