Hopes Scouting opens organization

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 17, 2014 

I am a local den leader for the Boy Scouts and I have written to the Boy Scouts of America to express my hope that the Boy Scouts will open its leadership doors to caring and committed gays and lesbians soon. When I heard that Disney was going to stop contributions to Bpy Scouts because it doesn't allow gays and lesbians to be leaders, it dawned on me that I am part of an exclusionary club, which doesn't go with the values that I hope to be teaching my boys. I am a heterosexual man, and I believe that gay and lesbian parents/family members are just as safe, reliable and concerned about their scout as I am, and they want to be a part of their scout's life as we all do. Our deep-seated fear that because they are not like us means they are a danger to our children is out-dated and has been proven wrong by many examples of good, loving, caring parents and family members that are homosexual. We live in a world where we are constantly learning the value and opportunities that we can all gain from embracing our differences, rather than turning away from them. I love being a part of Boy Scouts, I think it has a lot to teach our children. I hope that we can continue to grow as an organization so that we are teaching our children that we all have a place to help make our world better for our children.

Jason Durfee

Bellingham

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