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Did this boy waste 12 yrs of his life?

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The mother of a gay California Boy Scout denied an Eagle award because of his sexual orientation is fighting to overturn the decision before he turns 18, the cut-off date for the organization's highest honor.

Ryan Andresen's mother, Karen, said the scoutmaster of his Troop 212 in Moraga, a San Francisco suburb, had refused to grant Eagle status to Ryan, who has been a scout since age 6, even though he met the requirements.

"His last words were I'd rather resign than sign," Andresen told Reuters.

A petition launched by Andresen on Change.org, an Internet social change platform, calls on his troop to reject the Boy Scouts of America's discriminatory policy against gays and give the California teenager his Eagle rank.

More than 200,000 people had signed the petition by late Friday.

Andresen said her son was staying with friends to avoid publicity, but plans to appear next week on the TV show "Ellen," which is hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres and often discusses gay-rights issues.

Andresen said Ryan had been victim of bullying in his troop, and chose as his final Eagle project to create at a local school what he called the "tolerance wall" - a collection of 288 tiles painted by elementary school students depicting acts of kindness.

Ryan surprised even his parents when he came out publicly as gay in July in a mass letter to the troop in which he stood up for another scout who was bullied, Andresen said.

According to its website, the troop is sponsored by a local Presbyterian church and counts more than 75 active members aged 11 to 18. The scoutmaster, listed on the website as Rainer Del Valle, did not respond to an email from Reuters for comment.

Boy Scouts of America spokesman Deron Smith indicated in a statement that Andresen's Boy Scouts membership had been revoked.

"This scout proactively notified his unit leadership and Eagle Scout counselor that he does not agree to scouting's principle of "duty to God" and does not meet scouting's membership standard on sexual orientation," the statement said.

The Boy Scouts of America has come under public pressure on the issue since May when an Ohio lesbian, who was suddenly ejected from her troop, started a petition on Change.org for her reinstatement and an overhaul of the anti-gay policy.

Subsequently, two Boy Scouts board members, the CEOs of telecoms company AT&T and accounting firm Ernst&Young, have spoken out against the discrimination. In September, computer chip-maker Intel, the Boy Scouts of America's biggest corporate donor, withdrew its support for the organization, which has about 2.7 million members.

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Asked by gmasboy at 1:22 PM on Oct. 6, 2012 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • It's bullshit, that poor kid. He did lose twelve years of success and its wrong

    Answer by Mrs_Harsh at 1:28 PM on Oct. 6, 2012

  • I signed the petition to get his Eagle Scout recognition

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 1:36 PM on Oct. 6, 2012

  • I am appalled that his sexual orientation would even be considered in a situation like this because it has absolutely NO bearing. Disgusting.

    Answer by winterglow at 1:38 PM on Oct. 6, 2012

  • I don't think he wasted 12 yrs of his life.
    I do think, however, that he learned a valuable lesson in bigotry and intolerance. And how people can disappoint us and try to strip us down to nothing but our sexual orientation, as if that is what we are made up of and worthy of being judged solely on this part of ourselves.
    I think the BSA are a bunch of assholes and deserve to be pulled through the mud for their disrespectful, bigoted ways of treating people.

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 3:29 PM on Oct. 7, 2012

  • Anyone who joins or supports the BSA is completely wasting their time. He learned nothing with BSA that he couldn't have learned with numerous other groups/camps and his simple presence at meetings and in the group supports their hateful agendas...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:52 AM on Oct. 8, 2012

  • I suspect the Spiral Scouts will contact him (if they haven't already). They gave their highest level badge to any Eagle Scout who gave back their badges in protest of the anti-gay rule.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:08 PM on Oct. 6, 2012

  • Sad, he's honored for his anti-bullying work and, then bullied for being gay by those who previously honored him.

    Answer by 3libras at 5:35 PM on Oct. 6, 2012

  • shows what a great oganization the BSA is...they arent teaching young men to discriminate AT ALL (note the heavy sarcasm).

    why some ppl choose to remain blind to the BSA's hate is baffling. especially, since they think his homosexuality is somehow him not having a "duty to God". sad...

    Answer by okmanders at 7:12 PM on Oct. 6, 2012

  • You think the only thing he got out of his experience with the scouts was that.
    Uh, no I said nothing like that.

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 5:58 PM on Oct. 7, 2012

  • http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Boy-Scouts-to-Release-Internal-Files-on-Sex-Offenders-171360511.html

    If they are so God fearing- then why was this behavior allowed to go on in their organization for decades?! Biggest bunch of sick hypocrites I've seen in a while! Sad for that young man - loved his idea & even w/out the acknowledgment of the scouts, I hope the idea takes off.


    Answer by mrsmom110 at 6:04 PM on Oct. 7, 2012

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