PHOENIX - Supporters on Friday gathered in Phoenix to rally behind the current Boy Scouts of America membership policy banning gay scout leaders and members.
The rally comes less than a week before the national council is set to vote on a resolution potentially lifting a ban on allowing openly gay troop members.
The Phoenix rally at the Boy Scouts of America Grand Canyon Council was supposed to be among 40 rallies happening nationwide organized by Rally for Scouting and OnMyHonor.net .
OnMyHonor.net was founded by John Stemberger, an Orlando-based attorney, and is described as a "coalition of concerned parents, Scout Leaders, Scouting Donors, Eagle Scouts and other members of the Boy Scouts of America who are united in their support of Scouting's current membership policies and their opposition to the proposed resolution which requires open homosexuality in the Boy Scouts," according to the rally's website.
A program coordinator for One-n-Ten, a non-profit that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth tells ABC15 he’s happy the Boy Scouts’ leadership is starting the conversation.
As a young boy, Donald Smith was a Cub Scout and then spent his childhood at the Boys and Girls Club before earning a degree in Parks and Recreation Management from Arizona State University.
“I don’t think any young person should have a memory about whether or not they felt accepted in the group. It’s about giving all young people the same opportunity,” Smith said.
Smith is optimistic about the Scouts' upcoming vote and hopes the group not only allows gay members, but also troop leaders.
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