Boys Scouts of America upholds its ban on gays

'This breaks my heart,' says Eric Jones, the 19-year-old Eagle Scout kicked out this week

Boys Scouts of America upholds its ban on gays
18 July 2012

The Boy Scouts of America announced on Tuesday (17 July) that it has no plans to lift its ban on gay members after two years of consideration by an 11-person committee.

The announcement comes on the heels of the widely-publicized case of Kansas City-area Eagle Scout Eric Jones, 19, who was immediately fired from his job as a counselor at a scout camp after coming out to the camp director on Sunday (15 July).

‘It breaks my heart,’ Jones (pictured) tells the Kansas City Star. ‘This is an organization that helps boys out. Telling them they can’t be who they are is wrong.’

‘I know the policy and I knew there a chance of me getting kicked out,’ Jones added. He said the policy had ‘really forced me to hide who I was and live this second life.’


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/07/17/3710030/boy-scouts-decides-to-uphold-ban.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/07/17/3710030/boy-scouts-decides-to-uphold-ban.html#storylink=cpy

Bob Mazzuca, chief Scout executive of Boy Scouts of America, acknowledged in a statement that not everyone will be happy with the decision to uphold the anti-gay policy.

‘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 advisors, and at the appropriate time and in the right setting,’ Mazzuca said. ‘While a majority of our membership agrees with our policy, we fully understand that no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society.’

The National Executive Board of the organization said in its own statement that ‘good people can personally disagree on this topic and still work together.’

‘While not all Board members may personally agree with this policy, and may choose a different direction for their own organizations, BSA leadership agrees this is the best policy for the organization and supports it for the BSA,’ the board stated.

Rick Jacobs, founder and chair of the Courage Campaign, called the BSA’s decision ‘shameful.’

‘The decision by the Boy Scouts of America to exclude gays is shameful and puts them squarely on the wrong side of history,’ Jacobs said. ‘The Boy Scouts are supposed to be about setting examples for our youth. Discrimination and alienation is not the example most Americans have in mind. This policy makes young people more prone to self-hatred and suicide, not a goal of the Boy Scouts, we hope.’

The Scouts had already been under heavy fire in recent months after ousting Jennifer Tyrrell, an Ohio mom ousted as the den leader of her seven-year-old son’s troop because of her sexual orientation.

On Wednesday (18 July), Tyrrell will present more than 300,000 signatures at the BSA headquarters in Dallas, Texas. The signatures, as well as comments from a Change.org petition she started, call for her to be reinstated.

‘All I’m asking for is the opportunity to meet with a Boy Scouts official and resume my post as den leader of my son’s Cub Scout Pack – a post that was taken from me as a result of a discriminatory policy that’s unpopular with Boy Scouts and leaders across the country,’ said Tyrrell. ‘I hope they’ll listen to my story and the stories of hundreds of thousands who have signed my Change.org petitions.’

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

County clerk in New Mexico and her deputy resign rather than issue marriage licenses to gay couples

State Supreme Court ruling this week made same-sex marriage legal in state
No thumbnail available

Arizona governor demands removal of gay couple benefits

Jan Brewer is requesting the Supreme Court reverse a ruling that gave benefits, including health insurance, to same-sex partners of state employees  
No thumbnail available

Mugabe may be visiting New Zealand

Reports that anti-gay Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe may be visiting New Zealand for a private speaking engagement, protest planned
No thumbnail available

Digital sales opportunity in New York

Lead the growth of Gay Star News
No thumbnail available

First tourists arrested for ‘gay propaganda’ banned from Russia for three years

Four Dutch citizens threatened, told the court will still charge them for 'propaganda' if police fix the 'adminstrative error'
No thumbnail available

San Diego names street after gay activist Harvey Milk

City council representatives vote 8-0 to honor first gay politician in the state 
No thumbnail available

Bologna's new law means you're better off dead

The Italian city's council has passed a new local law allowing same-sex couples to decide their after-death destiny
No thumbnail available

Italian Catholic Church likens gay parenting to selling children

The Catholic hierarchy and the right-wing parties said that 'a child should have a father and a mother, not two gay parents'. The high court said that gay parents are 'as good as straight ones'
No thumbnail available

Kentucky judge rules against state's gay marriage ban

'This Court believes that marriage, regardless of whether the union is between members of the same sex or opposite sex, is a fundamental right'
No thumbnail available

Gay couples a step closer to full adoption rights in Australian state of Tasmania

Tasmania’s Lower House has approved a bill giving same-sex couples and unmarried straight couples the right to adopt on the same basis as married heterosexual couples