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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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Pack 43 Corte Madera, California Anti-discrimination Statement

September 29, 2000

Mr. Roy L. Williams, Chief Scout Executive
National Headquarters Boy Scouts of America
PO Box 152079
Irving, Texas 75015-2079

To: Mr. Roy Williams

My name is Cathleen Acheritogaray. I am a Den leader and Advancement Chairperson for Pack 43 in Corte Madera, California. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a Boy Scout. Considering my gender, that was impossible. I always looked on with envy as my male friends participated in solemn ceremonies, Pinewood Derbys, camping, canoeing, etc. When I became a mom, I decided I wanted my sons to be involved. I appreciated not only the fun activities, but the discipline and values that the boys are taught. I took an active role in Scouting, and we have reaped the benefits However, these benefits are being poisoned by the National Council's discriminatory policies. I am having a hard time justifying our families continued participation in Scouts, as are many parents in my Den and Pack. We are sticking with Scouts because of the boys and we are trying to change Scouting's discriminatory policies from within.

As a Den leader, I must tell you that in the past, right now, and in the future, I will never discriminate against any person, male or female, child or adult, on the basis of his or her sexual orientation. All are welcome in our Den and Pack. Also, I was stunned to learn that in England, the birthplace of Scouting, one's sexual orientation (or gender, by the way)! is not even a consideration when you are a Scout or leader! This is true of the majority of European countries. Why is it ok for gay people to be Scouts and leaders in Canada, England, Sweden, Netherlands, etc., but not in the U.S.A?

I wholeheartedly believe in Scouting on the local level, but I am ashamed of the National Council. I pray that the current policy changes soon, for the sake of Boy Scouts of America's future.

Cathleen Acheritogaray
Pack 43, Corte Madera, California




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