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Ohio gay scout leader ousted from the Boy Scouts of America
The scouts revoked the membership based on the assistant leader's sexuality

Lyndsey Schley
Assistant Scout Master Brian Peffley's membership to the Boy Scouts of America was revoked in March.
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A gay Boy Scout troop leader has been kicked out of the organization for being open about his sexual orientation.

Brian Peffley has been the assistant scout master for about a year for a troop in Columbus. The Eagle Scout received a letter in mid-March from the Boy Scouts of America telling him his membership had been revoked.

Zach Wahls is the executive director of Scouts for Equality. He says gay scouts are allowed, but they cannot fill adult roles once they turn 18.

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“The reality is that the scout law demands of its members that they be trustworthy. And as someone who followed that principle and decided to be trustworthy and honest about who he is, now he’s facing expulsion from the organization," Wahls says. "I think it sends a damaging message to gay youth, saying ‘On your 18th birthday, we’re going to kick you out.' And it sends a damaging message to straight youth, saying ‘Discrimination is OK.’”

The Simon Kenton Scout Council, which Peffley was a member of, released a statement affirming their diversity policy on sexual orientation but said they are bound by the policies of the national organization.

Wahls is calling on the council to rebuke those policies and stand by Peffley.

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Disgusting!!!! Plain and simple....

Posted by: Brad (McCarthy) on May 8, 2015 9:05AM
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