For Immediate Release
Equality California Statement on Boy Scouts President’s Call to End Ban on Gay Leaders
LOS ANGELES - oday, in response to a call by Boy Scouts of America President Robert M. Gates for the organization to end its ban on gay adult scout leaders, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement:
"It’s better to be dragged kicking and screaming into the modern era than never enter it at all. Mr. Gates today recognized a simple truth: that BSA’s discriminatory ban on gay men as scout leaders is out of step with public opinion and unlikely to withstand further legal challenges. Gay men have always been a part of scouting, both as scouts and as adult leaders, whether they’ve been open about it or not.
While it would have been more satisfying to hear a call for change for the right reasons, that it’s discriminatory and goes against scouting’s stated values of equality for all, we’re pleased that the organization’s leaders see how out of step they’ve become with the rest of the country.”
Equality California is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve equality and civil rights for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians.