After Boy Scouts maintain ban, Zach Wahls and other Eagle Scouts keep the pressure on

The Boy Scouts of America official Youth Protection policy states that there will be "No secret organizations. The Boy Scouts of America does not allow any secret organizations as part of its program. All aspects of the Scouting program are open to observation by parents and leaders." However, it appears they need a refresher on their own policies.

Following a secret committee's decision earlier this week to keep the Boy Scouts' ban on gay scouts and scout leaders, Eagle Scout Zach Wahls has launched a Change.org petition urging the Boy Scouts to allow its board members to vote to end the ban. In an op-ed in The Advocate, Zach writes,

Secret committees of 11 people do not and will not speak for more than 3 million scouts. Though the old guard at the BSA may be unwilling to change their position, we suspect that the young people actually involved with the organization all across the country will prove more thoughtful.

Zach's petition began the same week that GLAAD and Ohio mom Jennifer Tyrrell delivered more than 300,000 petition signatures to the Boy Scouts’ headquarters calling for the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban on gay scouts and LGBT leaders. Zach was among those who signed the petition. 

News broke Friday that Martin Cizmar, the arts and culture editor of Portland Oregon's Williamette Weekly, returned his Eagle Scout badge to the Boy Scouts this week in protest of the group's anti-gay policies. Cizmar wrote in a letter to the BSA,

I am not gay. However, I cannot in good conscious hold this badge as long as the BSA continues a policy of bigotry. Though I didn't know at the time, I was acquainted with a number fo gay scouts and scouters. They were all great men, loyal to the scout oath and motto 


and helpful to the movement. There is no fair reason they should not be allowed to participate in scouting.
Cizmar wrote on Twitter that the gesture was "Kinda sad, but important." 
 
In a piece published on CNN.com, GLAAD President Herndon Graddick called on the Boy Scouts of America to stop discriminating against gay scouts and LGBT leaders. Graddick wrote about Jennifer Tyrrell and said,
It is inevitable that the BSA will need to change its policy of intolerance. I believe the change will come soon. And the more we continue to speak out, the more we stand beside moms such as Jennifer, the more we demand that discrimination end, the sooner that "someday" will arrive.
GLAAD, Jennifer and so many Eagle Scouts are keeping the pressure on the Boy Scouts of America to end their ban on gay scouts and scout leaders. We urge you to stand with the thousand of Americans by signing Zach's petition at http://change.org/scoutsvote.
 
 
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