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Fired Eagle Scout Delivers 70,000 Petitions to Local Chapter

 
 
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Boy Scouts opposed to the organization's ban on gays are not giving up the fight to overturn policy. This afternoon, twenty-two-year-old fired Eagle Scout Tim Griffin delivered more than 70,000 petitions to the California-based Golden Empire Boy Scouts Council, demanding they reject the national Boy Scouts' anti-LGBT policy and reinstate him. 

Griffin was joined by former Scouts who resigned after the council allegedly fired him for being gay. One of them is former Winton Program Director Alex Hayes, who said in a press release that the Scouts' protest movement is gaining speed. 

“While today's meeting was productive, the delivery of these petitions marks the beginning of this journey, not the end,” said Hayes. “The 70,000 signatures and the attendance here today speaks for itself. By blindly obeying the Boy Scouts of America’s discriminatory anti-gay policy, the Golden Empire Council risks losing some of its most loyal and active members."

The council says Griffin was fired not because of his sexual orientation, but for "insubordination" and violating uniform policy by wearing nail polish. Still, local scouts appear to be on Griffin's side. Ten of the local organization's 30-person staff quit in solidarity with Griffin, and many joined him to deliver the petitions.

"Regardless of what the council gives as reasoning for my removal, the overwhelming show of  solidarity at today’s delivery tells quite a different story,” said Eagle Scout Tim Griffin. “I loved being part of the Boy Scouts, and I’m simply overwhelmed by the love and support the Scouting community has given me through this difficult time. I hope the council rejects this horrible policy soon, so no more Scouts or leaders have to go through what I did.”

 

AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne

Posted at August 15, 2012, 1:54pm