(Sacramento) The California Assembly Judiciary Committee today rejected a resolution (ACR 94) honoring the Boy Scouts of America on its 102 anniversary in favor of another resolution (ACR 128) backed by Equality California that celebrates the organization's anniversary, while also calling on it to end its practice of discrimination based on sexual orientation and religion. ACR 128, approved on a 7-2 vote, would recognize, congratulate and commend the Boy Scouts of America on its 102nd anniversary, and encourage the Boy Scouts of America to accept for membership and leadership positions qualified individuals without discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or religious belief.
"One of the most fundamental lessons in character that any young person ought to learn is to treat others as they would want to be treated," said Clarissa Filgioun, Equality California Board President. "Sadly, in the Boy Scouts, young people are learning that it is acceptable to treat some people unfairly simply because of who they are or what they believe. Equality California supports the efforts of organizations to provide leadership, mentoring and encouragement to youth that help them to build character and become thriving adults and engaged citizens, but youth cannot thrive or develop their full potential in an environment where discrimination flourishes. It's long past time for the Boy Scouts of America to end its practice of discrimination and we thank Assemblymembers Atkins, Dickinson, Feuer, Monning and Wieckowski for introducing this resolution."
The Boy Scouts of America has, throughout its history, denied or revoked membership status or leadership positions of youths and adults because of their sexual orientation or because they were atheist or agnostic. In April of 2012, the Boy Scouts of America revoked the membership of Den Mother Jennifer Tyrrell, a 32-year-old Ohio mom, because she is a lesbian. The Girl Scouts of the USA, in contrast, has a written non-discrimination policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and in 2011 approved the membership of a 7-year-old transgender girl, Bobby Montoya.