Sen. Boxer, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Support Ryan Andresen, Scout Denied Eagle Status For Being Gay


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Ryan Andresen has some new heavy weights behind his campaign to win the Eagle Scout status that is rightfully his. Andresen has been in the Boy Scouts for twelve years and should be an Eagle Scout, but the tenaciously discriminatory Scouts denied him the award because 17-year old Andresen is openly gay.

Since the story broke, bold-faced names like Ellen DeGeneres and Anderson Cooper have come out for him. And now so have Sen. Barbara Boxer, San Francisco Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and 33 California state lawmakers, including State Senator Leland Yee.

For her part, Senator Boxer wrote a letter to Ryan sharing her support. “Your perseverance to raise awareness against bullying is commendable. I admire your courage to stand up for who you are, as well as the bravery you have demonstrated in the face of intolerance,” she wrote.

Newsom took a more direct approach, writing to the Boy Scouts of America, “In defending this hurtful and discriminatory policy barring gay youth
and leaders, the Boy Scouts of America are simply standing on the wrong
side of history. And in doing so, the Boy Scouts are hurting the very
people that you aim to serve: the young men who participate in your
programs.”

He went on, “Scout leaders who are speaking out against this hurtful policy inspire
me. I urge the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council to follow the brave
precedent established by other local councils by ending
anti-discriminatory practices and approve the Eagle Scout award Ryan so
justly deserves.”

State Sen. Yee and his colleagues, meanwhile, had this to say to the BSA: “We ask that Ryan Andresen receive the honor that he has rightfully earned. To deny him the title of Eagle Scout denigrates his efforts, and cheapens the title for his fellow Eagles.”

“To hold him to a different standard, to say he is unworthy of this honor because of his sexual orientation is as offensive and un-American as it would be to do so because of the color of his skin.”

Comments

  1. don says

    Correction, please: Gavin Newsom is not the lieutenant governor of San Francisco. There isn’t one. He’s the lieutenant governor of California.

  2. don says

    Correction, please: Gavin Newsom is not the lieutenant governor of San Francisco. There isn’t one. He’s the lieutenant governor of California.

  3. says

    And if BSA refuses then these same elected and appointed officials should ban the Boy Scouts of America organization from doing business within the State of California. In other words, shut down the BSA in California completely. Let that ripple across America.

  4. Mary says

    What does it say that Gavin Newsom, a person who once as a public official performed illegal gay marriages in defiance of the law is now occupying (and by vote) a position more powerful than than of any anti-gay activist like Maggie, Brian, etc…? Equality activsts can be proud of this achievement.

  5. Bill says

    As a reply to Mary’s rhetorical question, “What does it say that Gavin Newsom, a person who once as a public official performed illegal gay marriages in defiance of the law is now occupying (and by vote) a position more powerful than than of any anti-gay activist like Maggie, Brian, etc…?”
    one might point out that, regardless of what “it” says, the California Supreme Court declared the law that Gavin Newsom ignored to be unconstitutional. Prop 8 unfortunately changed the state constitution afterwards, but so far that proposition is failing in federal court, pending a Supreme Court ruling.

    Maggie, Brian, and company will go down in history on the side of Bull Connor, the Birmingham Alabama official who ended up going down in history as a poster boy for bigotry and brutality (his use of fire hoses on peaceful demonstrators).

  6. Paul says

    The fact that the Boy Scouts is being so stubborn isn’t surprising. The Boy Scouts is a wholy owned subsidiary of the Mormon Church. So while they sat out the marriage battle this election cycle, they are in no way stepping back from denying LGBT people basic civil rights.

  7. Paul R says

    The Boy Scouts kicked me out in the 1980s for having skipped a couple grades. They said I could form my own group with my “own kind,” like so many kids skip a bunch of grades.

    That was way before I was out as gay. Then they kicked out my Eagle Scout friend for being gay. I cannot believe that they still receive public subsidies.

  8. Jerry6 says

    For the benefit of the Moron Church (Sorry – Mormon Church), when I was a Scout in the 1930’s, I was a member of the “Queer” Patrol, (There were eight of us) along with four “Strait Patrols of six Scouts each. It is a mystery to me how could such a fine organization as the Boy Scouts Of America allow itself to be taken over by religious bigots who are destroying it day-by-day.