I am deeply offended to learn that the Boy Scouts of America has reaffirmed its policy of excluding “open or avowed homosexuals” from participation and leadership positions.
Their position flies in the face of decades of progress for equality in the United States, including in the military where the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy no longer exists.
The good work of the Boy Scouts in providing leadership training, survival skills and encouragement to young men across the country is entirely undercut by their policy of discrimination.
As Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin noted, “With the country moving toward inclusion, the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have instead sent a message to young people that only some of them are valued. They’ve chosen to teach division and intolerance.”
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I hope the backlash the BSA is experiencing will lead them to seriously reconsider their position and reclaim the moral reputation for which this organization has been known.