Gay Calif. Teen's Hopes for Eagle Award Dashed, Despite Support
Ryan Andresen, a gay teen from California who has spent a decade working toward his Eagle Scout award, has had his hopes dashed for the organization's highest honor. A review board from the Mount Diablo-Silverado Boy Scout Council has challenged the national organization and recommended approval of Andresen's project, but the council staff executive will not forward the application on to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), according to The Associated Press. The four-member volunteer board agreed to review Andresen's qualifications and unanimously approved the 18-year-old's application on Dec. 31, according to the AP. BSA spokesman Deron Smith told ABCNews.com that neither the local nor national council has given the final approval of the award to Andresen. It was previously reported incorrectly by Reuters that the council was "directly challenging" the national organization's ban on gay Scouts and leaders.