Eagle Scouts return medals to protest anti-gay stance

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

Several Eagle Scouts have returned their medals and renounced their membership to protest the Boy Scouts of America’s stance policy on not allowing gay people to be members.

"Today I am returning my Eagle Scout medal because I do not want to be associated with the bigotry for which it now stands. I hope that one day BSA stands up for all boys. It saddens me that until that day comes any sons of mine will not participate in the Boy Scouts,” wrote former Eagle Scout Christopher Baker.

Baker’s letter inspired other Eagle Scouts to follow suit.

Among them was Martin Cizmar, the arts and culture editor of Portland, Oregon's weekly periodical Williamette Week.

“I am not gay. However, I cannot in good conscious hold this badge as long as the BSA continues a policy of bigotry. Though I didn't know at the time, I was acquainted with a number of gay scouts and scouters. They were all great men, loyal to the scout oath and motto and helpful to the movement. There is no fair reason they should not be allowed to participate in scouting."

He also tweeted his departure from the organization.

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