Small demonstration outside Boy Scouts HQ supports gay ban

Posted at: 05/17/2013 4:33 PM
Updated at: 05/17/2013 5:26 PM
By: Bill Lambdin

ALBANY - Three adults stood along Washington Avenue Extension Friday afternoon, outside the scout headquarters for 13 upstate counties.

"Each parent should have the opportunity to discuss those sensitive topics with their own children at the times and place of their choosing," said Jim Ault, as assistant scoutmaster with a troop in Colonie.

This was part of a coordinated demonstration effort by the group OnMyHonor.net in 40 cities to oppose changing the membership policy.

The organization's advance media material said "the policy change would foster open homosexuality among boys in the organization."

"If this resolution passes, there are many, many parents who will remove their children from the program," Ault said. "Many troops across the nation and many funding organizations may choose to pull away."

Changing the Boy Scouts current policy excluding the openly gay would be welcomed by the Pride Center of the Capital Region.

"If they can't actively participate with all of their identities, which may include being gay, that's really not a meaningful experience for them," said Curran Street. "We work with a lot of young people who have been kicked out of boy scouts or who have felt that they weren't welcomed because of their identity and young people really need these types of experiences."