November42012
To whom it may concern,
I am writing you today with great regret, because I feel I have no choice but to formally return my Eagle Scout award, earned with Troop 146 of West Hartford.
I do this because the Boy Scouts of America has recently formally adopted a stance that excludes openly homosexual members, regardless of any other aspect of their qualities as a scout or human being. While your status as a private organization grants you every right to adopt this position, I cannot, in good conscience, continue to honor my unspoken obligation to uphold your organizational merits as a member of the elite group of men who have attained your highest rank.
On a personal level, one of the men who I grew up with scouting is - and to the extend that we somewhat knew during our time as scouts, always was - a gay man. While we were members in our troop, this was never considered anything worth disagreeing with, even if the organization discouraged openly gay adults from serving in positions of leadership. I assume that our leaders knew, as we did, that he may be gay; but it was a non-issue, as he was a good and dedicated scout, and earned his right to his Court of Honor like the rest of us from the Class of 1999 in our troop.
I do not know if he has decided to take similar action, but it is in honor of him, and more importantly those like him that may currently be scouts and not have the comfort of knowing that the organization does not openly discriminate against him nor want his membership, that I take this action.
My hope is that some day, the Boy Scouts of America chooses to reverse this policy and join those of us who believe that the value of a person lies not in who they love, but in their overall moral value and qualities of scouting that we all believe in.
I know that my words are of little importance to an organization that covers millions, but it is important that you know that there are many of us that feel you are in the wrong on this issue, and it taints much of the other good works that you do.
Thank you,Sean BurnsBaltimore MD

To whom it may concern,

I am writing you today with great regret, because I feel I have no choice but to formally return my Eagle Scout award, earned with Troop 146 of West Hartford.

I do this because the Boy Scouts of America has recently formally adopted a stance that excludes openly homosexual members, regardless of any other aspect of their qualities as a scout or human being. While your status as a private organization grants you every right to adopt this position, I cannot, in good conscience, continue to honor my unspoken obligation to uphold your organizational merits as a member of the elite group of men who have attained your highest rank.

On a personal level, one of the men who I grew up with scouting is - and to the extend that we somewhat knew during our time as scouts, always was - a gay man. While we were members in our troop, this was never considered anything worth disagreeing with, even if the organization discouraged openly gay adults from serving in positions of leadership. I assume that our leaders knew, as we did, that he may be gay; but it was a non-issue, as he was a good and dedicated scout, and earned his right to his Court of Honor like the rest of us from the Class of 1999 in our troop.

I do not know if he has decided to take similar action, but it is in honor of him, and more importantly those like him that may currently be scouts and not have the comfort of knowing that the organization does not openly discriminate against him nor want his membership, that I take this action.

My hope is that some day, the Boy Scouts of America chooses to reverse this policy and join those of us who believe that the value of a person lies not in who they love, but in their overall moral value and qualities of scouting that we all believe in.

I know that my words are of little importance to an organization that covers millions, but it is important that you know that there are many of us that feel you are in the wrong on this issue, and it taints much of the other good works that you do.

Thank you,
Sean Burns
Baltimore MD


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