According to a story published by Associated Press, the Boy Scouts of America emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays. Folks, this is in spite of a huge backlash and plenty of protests. I find it disgusting, morally reprehensible and just downright shameful.
The Scouts’ chief executive, Bob Mazzuca, contended that most Scout families support the policy, which applies to both adult leaders and Scouts.
“The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers and at the appropriate time and in the right setting,” Mazzuca said. “We fully understand that no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society.”
Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, called the decision “a missed opportunity of colossal proportions.”
“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,” he said. “They’ve chosen to teach division and intolerance.”
Darlene Nipper, deputy executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said the Scouts “have turned their backs on a chance to demonstrate fairness, exercise sound judgment, and serve as a role model for valuing others.”
Well, there’s another group to whom I will continue not to donate my hard earned money.
Stay connected with our Social Media Pages:
Connecticut Lesbian and Gay Law blog on Facebook for all blog posts from this blog as well as additional stories and links of interest to the LGBT community.
Attorney O’s Midnight Musings Blog on Facebook for all blog posts from that blog as well as other legal news.
Be sure to LIKE our pages and become a follower!
Disclaimer: The information, comments and links posted on the blog do not constitute legal advice. I will not respond to any specific legal questions in the comments section of this blog. Read my entire disclaimer.