Support Eagle Scouts’ Protests of Anti-Gay Policies

Eagle Scouts Return Medals

Target: Director of the Boy Scouts of America, Stacy Huff

Goal: Show support and compassion for Eagle Scouts returning their medals in protest of discriminatory policies upheld by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Eagle Scouts around the nation are returning their esteemed medals in protest of the anti-gay policies upheld by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). As the highest and most prestigious rank attainable in the BSA organization, Eagle Scouts remain Eagle Scouts throughout their life. Please sign this petition and show your support for the Eagle Scouts’ bold display of unity against exclusionary policies of the BSA.

The BSA’s policy of “not granting membership to open or avowed homosexuals” has recently come under fire as the organization stands by their dated and exclusionary stance. Despite calls for change from BSA board members, Americans, and now high-profile Eagle Scouts, the organization does not seem to care or show any signs of budging. A spokesman for the BSA says, “We’re naturally disappointed when someone decides to return a medal because of this single policy. We respect their right to express their opinion.” Other organizations, such as the Girl Scouts, 4-H clubs, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and even the U.S. Armed Forces, have amended such discriminatory policies.

In the wake of the BSA’s adamant commitment to the policies in question, Eagle Scouts have been returning their treasured medals reluctantly as a sign of denouncement from the organization. The BSA’s decision resulted from a two-year, confidential review regarding the policy of excluding openly gay youth and adults as members and leaders. Many are questioning why the review was done in secret, and why the policies are being upheld despite the out cry over the decision.

As Eagle Scouts around the nation return their medals and separate from an organization that was so close to their hearts, it is important that the general public support their bold actions and message. Please sign this petition and let the Boy Scouts of America know that you support the Eagle Scouts who have returned their medals in opposition of discriminatory policies upheld by the organization.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Huff,

As a sign of denouncement from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), many esteemed Eagle Scouts have been returning their medals. Although it has been hard for many to leave an organization that was so close to their hearts and young adulthood, they no longer want to be associated with an anti-gay organization such as the BSA. I am writing to show my support of these Eagle Scouts and my support of the message they are sending.

On the heels of the organization’s decision to uphold policies preventing membership or leadership for openly gay youth and adults, many Eagle Scouts are denouncing the organization. As a vehement sign that even the organization’s highest ranking members are against the policy, it is hoped that you will take this into account in amending the discriminatory exclusion. After countless protests, petitions signed, and demand from the nation to abolish this policy, Eagle Scouts feel no other choice but to distance themselves from the BSA for fear of association with such hate.

I stand in support of the Eagle Scouts who have made the brave and sad choice to walk away from the Boy Scouts of America in support of gay rights. Please take into account their decision and the impact it is meant to have on the organization’s policy excluding homosexual involvement.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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