Today, 26 Members of Congress urged the Boy Scouts of America to end its discriminatory policy of not accepting gays and lesbians in a letter sent to the Chief Scout Executive of the organization.
The correspondence, initiated by U.S. Representatives Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), was sent in response to the Boy Scouts’ rejection of Cate and Elizabeth Wirth, a couple in Vermont who were told they could not volunteer for their 10 year old son’s Cub Scout pack after it was revealed that the women are lesbians. In explaining the Boy Scouts’ national policy of excluding gays and lesbians as volunteers, their district director suggested that the Wirths would “push their lifestyle on the boys.”
Answer by DEpley at 2:16 PM on Feb. 2, 2010
It sucks. And I bet if enough people pulled their kids, membership dried up and the MONEY started going away they would change their rules. But as of RIGHT NOW its the rules of the organization and the GOVT should keep its big o nose out of a private organization. I think that these two women would be well served starting their OWN organization that runs along the same lines. I am SURE they could get the backing of MANY rich and powerful in hollywood and elsewhere. Is it right, no. Do I think these women are going to do something to these boys, no. Do I EVEN think they should HAVE to go through the hassle, not really. BUT it IS the RULES of THAT organization.
Answer by momof030404 at 2:16 PM on Feb. 2, 2010
Answer by yourspecialkid at 2:19 PM on Feb. 2, 2010
Answer by Carpy at 2:20 PM on Feb. 2, 2010
This is not a lifestyle I approve of...AS IS MY RIGHT. If my boys were assigned homosexual scout leaders they would no longer participate in the activities. Bash me if you want. I don't care. I am tired of the lifestyle of a very small percentage of the population being pushed off on me. Maybe I would feel differently if the movement wasn't so pushy about "sharing" and forcing acceptance.
Why would you pull yours kids out? How is having a Gay scout leader pushing their lifestyle on you? They are not asking you to be gay, just want to be a scout leader. I know a lesbian that WAS in girl scouts for YEARS ...she wasn't there for recruiting purposes...I agree that as long as they aren't getting funding from the govt and are a private org. than they should be able to have their own guilelines...and if people dont like it they can protest for change..
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 2:22 PM on Feb. 2, 2010
maybe congress should start funding them if they want to tell them how to run the organization. Personally I don't care if some is gay or not and I don't mind having gay people being part of boy scouts but this should be up to the organization since it privately funded.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 2:23 PM on Feb. 2, 2010
Answer by Anouck at 2:24 PM on Feb. 2, 2010
This is EXACTLY why I will never let my child join the boyscouts...
I REALLY wanted my son to join the cub scouts next year..this makes me sad..I dont know if I can support that now...
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 2:29 PM on Feb. 2, 2010
Answer by mancosmomma at 2:30 PM on Feb. 2, 2010
Answer by Alanaplus3 at 2:34 PM on Feb. 2, 2010