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Boy Scouts Anti-Gay Policy Will Stand

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There was talk earlier this week that the Boy Scouts of America would revise their anti-gay policy and allow gay men and women to be scout leaders. The organization clarified today that it would not be changing its anti-gay policy.

WTOV9 reports that the issue received national attention this week after Jen Tyrrell, a former scout leader, lost her position due to her sexual orientation.

Tyrrell started a petition, which now has thousands of signatures, in an attempt to get the BSA to change their policy.

Tyrell said:

“I think that (I have) almost 300,000 signatures on my petition and with the growing list of celebrities’ signatures and President Obama’s backing of gay marriage, I think that we’re sending a huge message, and the Boy Scouts seem to be one of the last ones holding out.”

The Boy Scouts have acknowledged Tyrell’s petition and confirmed that a resolution had been introduced to amend the policy. But the organization said that a change in policy was not in the works.

The Boy Scouts seem to be trying to avoid the issue. When CBS 21 News asked a spokesperson for the organization why the group won’t change the policy, the spokesperson replied:

“We don’t have an agenda on this issue. We don’t ask about people’s sexuality. The policy is the way it is, because we do not believe that our youth development program is the right place to have this discussion.”

What do you think about the Boy Scouts anti-gay policy? Should gay men and women be allowed be allowed to be scout leaders?

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94 Responses to “Boy Scouts Anti-Gay Policy Will Stand”

  1. James Saladino

    Though there is probably another agenda the scouting community has planned, it's commenable that an organization holds true to the religious morals of Baden-Powel.

  2. Lauren Montgomery

    Finally, an organization that sticks to its guns and doesn't bow to the latest trend of opinion. I'm sick of groups, especially religious organizations flip flopping on issues. How can you say homosexuality is wrong then change your tune due to outside pressure? I don't trust any group who professes major belief changes for any cause/idea. It's hypocritical. Either you think something is right or you don't. Find a position and stick with it.

  3. Christopher James Moore

    I think they should be able to do whatever they want without being pressured or bullied by other people. These are believes the group as held since the begining of the organization. Cheers to them for standing their ground.

  4. Anonymous

    I don't consider it "anti-gay" at all. What's in view is the right of the Boy Scouts to determine their own membership criteria. Surely Ms Tyrrell was familiar with the Scout Oath, which was around long before she was born. If she's unwilling to honor it she should find (or establish)an organization that will accommodate her sexual orientation.

  5. David Effler

    As I recall, the girls scouts have a policy of don't ask, don't tell, and it looks like that may be the defacto policy of the BSA (although this was rejected as an official policy when I was a scout leader). A good scout leader could be a very promisuous heterosexual adult male, perhaps not a good model for a young man in the BSA by the moral standards of most of their parents. I knew such a leader who went to great lengths to hide his private life from his scouts. I really don't see why any scout leader would feel compelled to publicise their sex habits.

  6. Stan-Grace Baker-Deep

    I agree and so far it seems that the lemmings are making themselves scarce whom support the Odd people's views. Stand your ground BSA and don't give in to the Socialist/Marxist minions in DC.

  7. Anonymous

    The Scouts will do what they think is best. So far we know they wish to have normal sexual and good mental orientation around for their younger ones However, to the persons looking into the sexual aspect of the organization, it can only only be said to them, it´s "none of their business."

  8. Anonymous

    no. if you want to start your own gay scouts do it. but don't come onto someone else's field and try to change the rules. yes there are gay men and women who would be great leaders, but rules are rules. if they are changed I would predice a great decrease in scouting as we know it.

  9. Tim Campbell

    The boy scouts want to follow the bible and the bible forbids the homo lifestyle. These same sex fruitcakes are nothing more than predators trying to get a chance at sneaking into a sleeping bag with a kid. The disgusting organization called NAMBLA is evident of this agenda.

  10. James Dennis Yount

    The rights of the boy scouts organization are equal to the rights of people to choose a sexual orientation different from man/woman. As long as the scouts do not advocate hatred or mistreatment of people with different viewpoints on sexuality, their policy is legitimate.

  11. James Dennis Yount

    If a scout leader is a "very promiscuous" heterosexual male, the he too falls outside the guidelines of scout policy and – if found out – would be dismissed.

  12. James Dennis Yount

    This is out of line. and does not represent in any way BSA feelings toward homosexuals. Choosing to exclude gays from participation is not the same as your gay bashing. Even people who don't qualify for membership in any given organization still deserve courtesy and tolerance. You're mixing gays with pedophiles and showing your ignorance

  13. Chaz Eaton

    I've heard about one of these stories a year for 3-5 years now. Interesting how you only wanted to petition once the policy affected you.

  14. Julian A. Gonzalez

    There goes the phrase "…Morally STRAIGHT"!

  15. Anonymous

    Leave the Boy Scouts alone. Would gays want people preaching the importance of heterosexuality in their organizations? Not! Let them be children, childhood is short. This is neither the time nor the place.

  16. Anonymous

    The Boy Scout organization absolutely made the correct decision. HOMOSEXUALITY is NOT NORMAL, it is an nonviable DEVIATION. The Boy Scouts is an organization that we trust with our children and to which we assign the duty to help parents in reinforcing love of God, respect for parents, and love of our country. That is what the scouting program is all about.
    The problem with allowing the same-sex community to be scout leaders is that this new set of them is aggressive, even militant in their effort to spread their perversion.
    We cannot allow that to happen. It is bad enough that our so-called leaders have kowtowed to a 5% but vocal group, so we must now allow them to degrade our children.
    Thank you BSA, for your courage in standing for what is right.

  17. Anonymous

    When I was is scouts my scoutmaster was an alcoholic and my assistant scoutmaster beat his wife and kids (one of which was in my troop). I think the BSA has bigger problems than gay leaders. I believe that gay men and women could be good leaders, but I also believe that any company or organization should be able to run it how they wish. If the BSA wants to exclude gay leadership they should have the right to do so. There are other organizations which would welcome gay leadership volunteers. My best friend is gay and he was also in my troop — he became an eagle scout and even went on to be an assistant scoutmaster. He was then dismissed when they found out. I felt bad for him, he is not a pedophile and was not, or did not, do anything "wrong" — he was just gay. But even still, they have the right to decide what they want there policy to be. I still support my friend and other gay people, and I believe in equal rights, and fair treatment under the law; but I think private organizations have the right to enact their own policy.

  18. Sigurður Bjarnason

    The BSA have for a long time with the power of money been able to brake the fundamental prinsibles and rules in this case, they have being all these years blackmaling the WOSM (World Organisation of the Scout Movement) to not loose their charter within WOSM with their money. One of the most important prinsibles are those laid down by our founder, Lord Baden Powel, where he says that scouting is and should be for all and any sort of discrimination is not tolerated.
    A national Scout organitation that does not fullfill the fundamental policy can not be a member of WOSM.
    Sigurður Bjarnason
    former International Commisioner.
    Icelndic Boy Scout and Girl Guides Assosiation.

  19. Anonymous

    ANY organization…certainly those with young people as members…should exert every effort to see that they are protected from predators. Not all gay people are predators, or pedophiles. On the other hand, SOME are! Hence,
    a 'privately funded' organization has every right to set a standard for their leadership. Exclusions are not necessarily.
    Racist, Homophobic, or any other names people wish to 'attach'!

  20. Anonymous

    why should gays get everything they want? if they truly know they have a good lifestyle, do they have to fight? The truth always comes out. They only fight because they know that being gay will never be an acceptable lifestyle. Stay away from the boys scout-they're innocent kids for crying out loud. if you don't like the policy, please just LEAVE.

  21. Anonymous

    it's time for the Gay Scouts to assemble. Knock all these bitches out the water.

  22. Jeffrey V. Lee

    It is all about the protection of the children. You would not have a single man the leader of a girl scout troop. Not that he couldn't be a good leader, it is just not appropriate in some situations. I'm a Boy scout leader. We are trained to have more than one leader present and never sleep in the same tent with the boys unless they are your children. If gay leaders are approved then some day down the road there will be an issue. It would just happen. I also think membership would dwindle away because parents would be concerned. Always do what is best for the kids. That is what Scouts are there for anyway.

  23. Andrew James Richardson

    Why can't people just leave the homosexual community alone. They are human beings just like everyone else and they deserve to be treated equally. This has gone on in several different scenarios,

    African Americans deserving to be treated equally.

    Legal Immigrants deserving to be treated equally (Notice how I said legal and not illegal. I think illegal immigrants need to get out of our country).

    And the list goes on and on and on.

    I think what needs to happen is some sort of federal law that mandates any businesses or organizations in the United States of America allow men and women who are of the homosexual nature to work or be a part of said organization. If they fail to comply, the party responsible for denying that person would get a fine. But that's just my opinion.

  24. Andrew James Richardson

    Why can't people just leave the homosexual community alone. They are human beings just like everyone else and they deserve to be treated equally. This has gone on in several different scenarios,

    African Americans deserving to be treated equally.

    Legal Immigrants deserving to be treated equally (Notice how I said legal and not illegal. I think illegal immigrants need to get out of our country).

    And the list goes on and on and on.

    I think what needs to happen is some sort of federal law that mandates any businesses or organizations in the United States of America allow men and women who are of the homosexual nature to work or be a part of said organization. If they fail to comply, the party responsible for denying that person would get a fine. But that's just my opinion.

  25. Ronald Wales

    the only wiener that should go in the boy scout's mouth is the kind that goes in a hot dog bun-not some little wiener trying to be a true boy.

  26. David Effler

    You are probably right, Dennis. There are printed standards regarding moral torpitude for scout leaders. As for the guy to whom I was referring, I meant simply that he had a lot of girlfriends, and I'm not sure they all knew of each other. I never told on this guy, as he was a good leader and kept his private life just that…very private. I only knew of his private life as he confided in me one time (not during a scouting activity). His speech and behavior were always beyond reproach around the scouts. By contrast, I have known scout leaders whose moral profiles, widely broadcasted in the community, were pristine. However, they were pretty lacking as scout leaders. That said, any scout leader who's morals are known to be unacceptable will not long be a scout leader.

  27. David Effler

    You are probably right, Dennis. There are printed standards regarding moral torpitude for scout leaders. As for the guy to whom I was referring, I meant simply that he had a lot of girlfriends, and I'm not sure they all knew of each other. I never told on this guy, as he was a good leader and kept his private life just that…very private. I only knew of his private life as he confided in me one time (not during a scouting activity). His speech and behavior were always beyond reproach around the scouts. By contrast, I have known scout leaders whose moral profiles, widely broadcasted in the community, were pristine. However, they were pretty lacking as scout leaders. That said, any scout leader who's morals are known to be unacceptable will not long be a scout leader.

  28. Brandon Mahoney

    well I feel when they fire someone for being gay its being anti-gay because if that's the reason they fire someone then its discriminating… I mean honestly.. little do they know that half the leaders prob. are gay and don't say anything. WHAT's THE DIFFERENCE? not any… gays are humans too.. get over it. and don't tell me america is doomed.. the only thing that is dooming america is the idiots that still discriminate and judge.

  29. Brandon Mahoney

    well thats just it.. poeple preach the importance of heterosexuality EVERYWERE… to be honest im pretty sure boy scouts didnt allow an african american man to be a leader back in the day based apon his race, so whats the difference with the sexuality. the only difference now is that the african american man has been given the right he deserves to be a leader and the homosexual man has not.. and that is unfair… and again this is my opinion and i respect everyones.. i just try to find the good in everything..

  30. Nathan James Morales

    Funny how you're a hypocrite and a "religion nazi" if you say one thing about homosexuals these days and get hammered for it, and people spew their crap about equality, but the second they say one thing in favor of it all of a sudden the people that don't have the same views as them get punched in the face for something that is just as much their right to believe as it is yours. Equality works both ways. I genuinely cannot understand how the people complaining about everything (generally liberals, not always though) do not have the common sense to realize by you QQ'ing at me, you're doing the exact opposite of what you talk about.

    BTW, I'm an Eagle Scout and a registered Independent. I will vote for whoever seems best for the job.

  31. Brandon Mahoney

    that was rude.. do you follow the bible? because last time i checked.. jesus never mentioned anything about judging gays.. or anything bad about them at all.. that was other men in the bible saying that. and i may not be religous, but i know that someone who does follow a religous life are supposed to live to be as good a jesus or to follow the same path jesus did im a term to how accepting and loving he was and you dont follow that..

  32. Brandon Mahoney

    that was rude.. do you follow the bible? because last time i checked.. jesus never mentioned anything about judging gays.. or anything bad about them at all.. that was other men in the bible saying that. and i may not be religous, but i know that someone who does follow a religous life are supposed to live to be as good a jesus or to follow the same path jesus did im a term to how accepting and loving he was and you dont follow that..

  33. Brandon Mahoney

    so tell me.. in the 50's 60's what would peoples views be about an african american being leader? they would say "oh no… we cant have that we have to think of the children" and people would be concerned.. correct?

  34. Brandon Mahoney

    so tell me.. in the 50's 60's what would peoples views be about an african american being leader? they would say "oh no… we cant have that we have to think of the children" and people would be concerned.. correct?

  35. Brandon Mahoney

    they have to fight just as blacks had to fight.. because people are ignorant and only care about themselves.. they feel they know whats right and wrong.. well gays know in their heart that god understands and loves them while people who say they follow him …well.. they say gays are evil, and pedo's, and that they are hell destined…

  36. Nicholas Allen

    The Scout Oath is irrelevant actually. I am a Boy Scout by the way. Eagle, no less, so someone doesn't start complaining. But it states, morally straight. Who gets to decide who is morally straight, the ones who constantly call homosexuality a choice and that it is unjust and unholy, who say homosexuals are against God and will eternally burn? Or the ones who simply want acceptance and to coexist without biased views or slurs? Yes, they personally have the right to decide membership. But the possibility of the Boy Scouts opening up to this new idea would be for the better, not worse. They shape the future, and I believe whole-heartedly that this movement will pave the way for nation to prosper culturally. Many people once said that Africans shouldn't be allowed to marry, engage in certain activities, etc. And now look how strong and far we have come. We will always have the drawbacks, but taking the chance to better ourselves is worth it.

  37. Tim Campbell

    James Dennis Yount , Do some research into NAMBLA before running your mouth and making stupid comments. There are no straight people in NAMBLA.

  38. Tim Campbell

    Brandon Mahoney , Brandon Mahoney , I don't know what version of the bible you read but it was Jesus Christ who destroyed the homos of Sodom and Gomorrah. It was also Jesus who declared that homos are an abomination. The bible makes it clear that REAL Christians are to judge right from wrong, truth from error, and one day very soon, REAL Christians will judge the earth as Jude 14 -15 declares.

  39. Tim Campbell

    James Dennis Yount , Do some research into NAMBLA before running your mouth and making stupid comments. There are no straight people in NAMBLA. They are all disgusting fags that strive to get into the pants of kids.

  40. Tim Campbell

    Queers need to stay away from kids period. They have nothing to offer but corruption. They don't want to join the scouts because they enjoy scouting, they want to corrupt the minds of kids as they do in the public schools. People need to wake up and see the truth about these maggots.

  41. Brandon Mahoney

    oh sure sure… well continue on with your hate as you like :) good day and no i dont recall hearing jesus say that and to be honest from my studies back then abomination ment "not normal" and again this has been my studies and research.. not a proven fact but from what i believe

  42. Nicholas Allen

    Because I promote coexistence rather than unjust persecution? Forgive me, but you need to rethink your moral stance.

  43. Nicholas Allen

    Tim. Lol your comment is probably the worst and best one I've seen. One, the Bible does not forbid it. Abomination did have a different meaning back then btw Brandon. Two, you have no place to judge anyway, so please, release that from your mind and realize that you are not special because you are Christian. Three, your views and slander is not anywhere near BSA's stance. At all. More like your deluded thinking. Four, real Christians? Really? So you decide you are the judgement of others? Lol lower yourself sir before God strikes down your very sinful pride and gluttony of so called power :) and lastly, please, don't post on here again, real people are debating, not immature children. Forgive my bluntness however, as I am to give you some minor respect.

  44. Tim Campbell

    Nicholas Allen , I can back up what I say with rightly divided scripture. You obviously do not read the bible based on your ridiculous posts that overflow with ignorance. The bible is clear that homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God 1 cor 6:9. When I say Real Christians, I mean those who are truly born again and follow the written word of God. Not some counterfeit like Rick Warren or Joel Osteen who preach another gospel. The bible is clear that Christians are to judge right from wrong, truth from error, and wheat from chaff. You need to get educated before stepping in the ring with someone who knows their bible kid.

  45. Nicholas Allen

    So you want Ms Tyrell to establish her own group, a woman who the community knew was gay and just didn't care because she was willing to work hard to make Cub Scouts possible for her area and son, because she happens to be homosexual? Can you say segregation? =P

  46. Nicholas Allen

    Do you have any argument that doesn't have the word Bible in it? Or is that your only defense, Mr. Campbell? Lol.

  47. Nicholas Allen

    Do you have any argument that doesn't have the word Bible in it? Or is that your only defense, Mr. Campbell? Lol.

  48. Nicholas Allen

    Queers. Maggots. Corruption. What grandiose ideas you believe you have. You are bringing an air of embarrassment to James' post, as I can even read his without becoming sick to my stomach from reading your's. Point well made James, however, I don't believe it is a choice, as science believes it is not. But still, Tim, don't bring down others points with your nonsense please. Again, here's my minor bit of respect.

  49. Nicholas Allen

    Very civilized point though, I was very pleased to see someone talking elegantly on here. I do respect your post. If it means anything.

  50. Nicholas Allen

    You are tearing up my last shards of respect. Listen closely. I simply don't believe what you say, as you do not believe in my way. But I say it elequently, in a way that is civilized and mature. You say your peace in such a way that it's disgsting. But I will assume you were brought up in hate, and will only spew hate. So I will dismiss you from my thoughts. I'll also assume you believe I am a nutcase because you hate big words and the concepts I bring to your small narrow mind. Please, again, as a last request, stop commenting. You are bringing the ones to your cause to shame.

  51. Matthew K. Moffatt

    Sounds like peer pressure at work, not everything needs to change to accept the gay lifestyle. GLAAD has been pressuring alot of people to be accepting of that lifestyle and in a sense making it feel wrong just to be straight. Can the straights have something without it feeling wrong?

  52. Sigurður Bjarnason

    I wonder if stevjuan him/her knows the scout oath him/her self. Good advise would be read it again and by the way, you are wrong BSA is NOT alowed to have it´s own criteria in these matters as long they are a member assosiation of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement.

  53. Jeffrey V. Lee

    That is totally different! Civil rights are not the same as protection of children. I know there were people that thought incorrect back then, but that does not mean your stance is correct here. I am not dictating to anybody how they should live their lives. I don't agree with that lifestyle but people have the right to live the way they want. To put it in other terms I would not place my son in under the care of someone who is heterosexually loose as well. I placed them in scouting to grow the way I believe. It is my choice as it is the parents that intrust their kids with Scouting. By the way there are Scout rules in place to protect from heterosexual individuals as well.

  54. Nicholas Allen

    I respect your point very well, you explain it in a civilized way. I can completely see where you are coming from. But I do believe with the addition of the homosexuals, the weaker parts or people of our organization would fall, but our core would strengthen.

  55. Tim Campbell

    All I can say to the twinkle toes Sodomites is have your fun now because your day of judgement is coming. Praise God there won't be any queers in heaven to screw things up.

  56. Dave Sauerwein

    “We don’t have an agenda on this issue." This seems like a disingenuous statement; the BSA does have an agenda here even if they don't intend to. And as a private organization, BSA has the legal right to decide that being gay is the equivalent of known moral terpitude. Morality matters, but in my view, the scouts are wrong on this measure of morality. The scouts will one day come to understand what many of us know already: There is nothing innately immoral about being gay just as there is nothing innately moral about being hetero.

  57. Julie Barcomb Kamienski

    My 9 year old is a boy scout and the group here is wonderful, we just continually struggle with their stance on this issue! We originally told him he couldn't do scouts (because of this) but then to deny him the great local opps they have was a struggle too, so its been a constant chat about how people think, feel, judge etc…just sad and unfortunate!!!

  58. Dave Sauerwein

    I confess: I am privileged enough to get to marry my partner and take a tax break for the privilege – all in a society where some can't do that. These have different ruling bodies – the BSA board vs. the US Congress. Still both organizations must be convinced to change what is wrong. And they will… just not soon enough.

  59. Debbie Hearon

    Larry Craig Has every right. The Boy Scout Pledge decides this. God is in the pledge. The bible says it is immoral. Join an organization that is not faith and religious based. Make your own immoral organization.

  60. Debbie Hearon

    Nicholas Allen
    No you can say relgious group. GOD In the pledge. What do you want to take that out too? Make your own organization. Because sorry this organization is based on God, religion, and faith too. It is right in the pledge and I do not want this organization to ever give this up or change its moral value system for anyone.

  61. Debbie Hearon

    Nicholas Allen
    No you can say relgious group. GOD In the pledge. What do you want to take that out too? Make your own organization. Because sorry this organization is based on God, religion, and faith too. It is right in the pledge and I do not want this organization to ever give this up or change its moral value system for anyone.

  62. Nicholas Allen

    This organization is based on religion, yes, but there is no conclusive evidence that God ever had anything against homosexuals. The word effeminate in the verse Tim pointed out could very well mean as well, a man who does not behave to a man's standards. Such as being cowardly, or dishonorable. And the word abomination, also said in the Bible, had a different meaning then, meaning different. In conclusion, I am saying the fact that an entire community knew she was a lesbian but the only one willing to do what it took to carry on the scouting law and name, is a very strong message that many are thinking this change may be for the better. I am an Eagle Scout, fourth generation in my family, so please, do not explain what this organization is to me. We will not lose our morals by allowing homosexuals. We will become stronger and out core will be intertwined with greatness.

  63. Stephanie Swalwell

    The rule is against being an avowed homosexual or having others in scouting know that you are a practicing homosexual banning you from leadership, according to the position statement. It's not very different from the former military Don't ask Don't tell policy, as far as I can read… and the benefit to having a rule like that is the fact that if someone's conduct is questionable, specifically in terms of questionable conduct of leaders with the youth they are serving, then you have an automatic, irrefutable way to cease their ability to function in that position.

    Gays are absolutely human. The difference, for me at least, is deciding what is important and holding the line. Not allowing openly gay members is important to BSA. They're holding the line. They don't support gay bashing. They don't require all leaders to agree with their thought process – but they do require all of the members to obey their bylaws. So does every other private organization.

    As a mom of two scouts and the wife of a scout leader, as well as serving as a tiger den leader myself, I support BSA's stance. I support the fact that, as a private organization, they hold true to the principles that have been in place since they were founded. I realize that there probably no increased probability of my son being molested by a gay man than a straight woman. I'm probably a discriminatory, judgmental idiot by your standard, but it remains my prerogative as his parent – and I wouldn't let my son go on a camp out with an openly gay male scout leader.

  64. Stephanie Swalwell

    Nicholas, I think if this were going to change the only appropriate place for that change to start would be from men who are Eagles – not from outside pressures, regardless of how well intentioned those outside influences may be.

    That being said, I support the BSA's stance on this one. I don't want to know someone else's sexuality, and a leader bringing their boyfriend or girlfriend into it – nope, sorry – I'm not ready to have the 'two mommy' or 'two daddy' conversation with my six year old.

  65. Stephanie Swalwell

    Nicholas, I think if this were going to change the only appropriate place for that change to start would be from men who are Eagles – not from outside pressures, regardless of how well intentioned those outside influences may be.

    That being said, I support the BSA's stance on this one. I don't want to know someone else's sexuality, and a leader bringing their boyfriend or girlfriend into it – nope, sorry – I'm not ready to have the 'two mommy' or 'two daddy' conversation with my six year old.

  66. Stephanie Swalwell

    BSA is a private organization. They are governed by a charter and a board of directors, just like the private pool down the street, where you have to have recommendations from three current members in good standing to apply to join and your membership STILL gets put to the vote… so though such a law exists, it isn't applicable to this agency (or any other private group).

  67. Stephanie Swalwell

    BSA is a private organization. They are governed by a charter and a board of directors, just like the private pool down the street, where you have to have recommendations from three current members in good standing to apply to join and your membership STILL gets put to the vote… so though such a law exists, it isn't applicable to this agency (or any other private group).

  68. Cathy Holtz

    gays don't belong in boys scout ,teaching jobs,priest or anything that involves children …because they can not defend themselves from that thinking…and are easily swayed…

  69. Nicholas Allen

    Thank you very much for your comment, it was well spoken and respectable. I do not agree, but I will agree that the core of our organization must evolve and change for any real progress here to happen. But, as to the leaders bringing a partner, at the age of cub scouts, they would not recognize that the two are two "mommies." Instead, they would just see women who show them our organization. But again, thank you, as you can see from below, there is quite a number of people who disagree and speak awfully and unjustly.

  70. Anonymous

    The scout leaders have discernment not discrimination. That is their God given right. Just leave them alone and let them continue as they always have. Why don't gay rights advocates pressure mosques and muslims? Christian organizations are just the easy target. Try to pressure muslims into accepting "gay People" and see how that works!

  71. Shari Meli

    To each his own is what I believe but I don't like how the gay community is trying to change EVERYTHING. It's not right. If a company or program has certain rules than gay or straight should respect that and move on, not get ridiculous petitions to change it. The BSA have a right to hold tight to their rules and beliefs and its not fair that the gay community try to change it the way they have marriage and other things.

  72. Eddie Hopewell

    Gays need to make there on daisy scout or panny scouts..or rainbow scouts

  73. Eddie Hopewell

    Gays need to make there on daisy scout or panny scouts..or rainbow scouts