Back  Back
Search Site: 
ForwardForward  

WA State Governor and Eagle Scout Gary Locke Supports Scouting for All


October 2003

Washington State Governor Gary Locke issued a strongly worded letter this week that was read at Scouting for
All's Seattle rally. Gov. Locke was awarded Scouting for All's 2003 Special Recognition Award on Saturday,
October 11, for his outspoken oposition to the membership policies of the Boy Scouts of America. However the governor was unable to attend the ceremony, held at Seattle First Baptist Church, because he was in China on a weeklong trade mission.

------------------------------------------
October 11, 2003

As Governor of the state of Washington, I am pleased to extend greetings to all of those attending the
Scouting for All celebration.

Scouting has a long tradition of helping young people develop into resourceful, compassionate and skilled
adults. The outstanding opportunities it provides should be available to any young person who wishes to
participate.

As a parent, I am committed to working toward a society that accepts and honors individual differences, and works to eliminate acts of prejudice and discrimiantion. We must create environments where our children know they are accepted for who they are, and encourage them to reach their full potential.

Please accept my best wishes for a fun and memorable event.

Sincerely,

Gary Locke
Governor
------------------------------------------

Last year, he addressed the issue during an interview with the Seattle Gay News (January 25, 2002). "The Boy
Scouts of America is doing a great disservice to young people," said Locke. "These young men are feeling
isolated, ostracized and looking for companionship and leadership. These young men should be embraced by the Boy Scouts, but they're not and it's absolutely wrong."

In 2001, he also sent a greeting that was read by Washington State Rep. Ed Murray on his behalf.

------------------------------------------
August 16, 2001

Thank you for inviting me to attend Scouting for All's national rally recognizing "Gay Scouts and All Gay Youth Week." Unfortunately, I have a previous commitment and will not be able to attend.

I applaud your organization's efforts to make scouting accessible to all youth. As an Eagle Scout, I believe
that scouting deeply enriches the lives of our young people. It is a place where one enjoys camaraderie,
develops leadership skills, and learn the value of community service. Now one should be denied this valuable experience.

I am committed to the principle of equality for all our citizens, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or any type of personal identity. As we continue to meet the challenges of the 21st century, we must work together for a greater understanding among individuals from different backgrounds. We owe a debt of gratitude to organizations such as yours that strive to foster an increased awareness and appreciation of the richness and depth of our diversity. I thank and commend you for working to end discrimination in our society.

Again, thanks for your thoughtful invitation.

Sincerely,

Gary Locke
Governor
------------------------------------------



Back  Back
Search Site: 
ForwardForward