Greg Bourke, father of two kids with his partner of over 30 years, was recently ousted as Assistant Scoutmaster of his son's Boy Scouts troop because he's gay. Now, Greg is calling on United Way to denounce the Boy Scouts' ban on gay scouts and leaders.
Despite the protest of my troop, my church, and my community, the Boy Scouts message was clear: gay youth and parents are inferior, and not welcome. That's an incredibly dangerous message to send to young people in our community, so I'm asking United Way, which is a major donor to the Boy Scouts, to denounce this hurtful anti-gay policy.
Local United Way affiliates are among the largest contributors to the Boy Scouts. Although United Way Worldwide says that it "embraces inclusiveness, diversity, and equal opportunity as part of [its] core values, Code of Ethics, and human resource policies," the leadership organization for the almost 1,800 member United Ways in 40 countries around the globe, also notes that it "does not dictate policy or funding decisions to its member organizations, except to the extent that funding decisions must be consistent with applicable law. As such, the responses to the 2000 Supreme Court’s ruling on the Boy Scouts by these volunteer-driven local United Way organizations have been and will continue to be decided community by community, with each United Way community assessing its own needs and setting its own funding priorities."
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