Even after Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T and an executive board member with the Boy Scouts of America, came out against banning LGBTQ gay members and leaders, the BSA is having nothing to do with it.
The Dallas Voice reports that Stephenson is joining Ernst & Young CEO James Turley, also a BSA board member, in opposing the controversial policy.
But today, the BSA executive office announced it will not revisit the policy, saying it had concluded a secret two-year review and decided to affirm the ban.
HRC’s Chad Griffin said, “This is a missed opportunity of colossal proportions, with the country moving toward inclusion, the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have instead sent a message to young people that only some of them are valued. These adults could have taught the next generation of leaders the value of respect, yet they’ve chosen to teach division and intolerance.”
This decision comes just as Jennifer Tyrrell, a lesbian mom from Ohio, prepares to deliver petitions challenging the ban to the BSA headquarters in Dallas on July 18.
In a statement from Boy Scouts chief executive Bob Mazzuca he says, “The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers and at the appropriate time and in the right setting,” Mazzuca said. “We fully understand that no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society.”
Personally I think Mazzuca missed the mark, it was never the intention to open a dialogue about homosexuality at the boy scout meetings, they just wanted LGBTQ folks to be allowed to be leaders and members of the organization. Another indication that these bigoted people can’t take their minds off of sex. Of course…how can this way of thinking be a bad thing? I mean they do have Chuck Norris on their side!