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Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor

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Activist groups, including Scouting for All, urge President Obama not to accept the honorary Presidency of the Boy Scouts of America until they stop discriminating.

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Steven Cozza, Eagle Scout Asks the President of the U.S. to Resign as the Honorary President of the BSA

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Dear President Clinton,

My name is Steven Cozza. I am a 15 year old Eagle Scout. I love scouting and believe that it should be open to all kids not just some kids. I am writing to you because I want to know if you would help out my gay friends. The Supreme Court said that the Boy Scouts of America has a right to discriminate against gay kids and adults. As an Eagle Scout of the Boy Scouts of America I think any form of discrimination is wrong. When I received my Eagle Award Certificate, you had signed it as the Honorary President of the Boy Scouts of America. The current leadership of the BSA have shamed scouting in America by supporting a practice of discrimination against gay kids and adults and atheists. My mother told me that when you ran for office the first time you told the American people, "To discriminate against an American is Un-American". I agree with you. The Boy Scouts of America, as an organization through its practice of discrimination is acting Un-American. As an Eagle Scout, I am asking you to find the courage to step down as the Honorary President of the Boy Scouts of America. This courageous act would give a GREAT message to millions of gay kids in this country that they are accepted, loved, and supported by you as the President of the United States. This would mean so much to gay kids. Right now all that my gay friends have heard from the BSA is that they are immoral and no good. Actually, the Boy Scouts of America is acting immoral by the way they are discriminating.

Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, from the 6th district which my family is from here in California will be asking you to step down as the Honorary President of the Boy Scouts of America. Also, please listen to Ms. Woolsey and all of the gay youth in America who face discrimination every day of their lives just because they were born who they are. They need your support. I hope that you reach into your heart and do what you know is the right thing to do.

Steven Cozza, Eagle Scout
Cofounder of Scouting For All
Founder of the Petaluma HS Gay/Straight Alliance




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