I have already sent you my thoughts on your upcoming decision as to whether or not you should allow openly gay scouts and leaders into the Boy Scouts.
You should take a moment to read this short, powerful note from my husband, Richard Darst, a former scout.
I am a gay man. The Boy Scouts was a big part of my life as a young boy. Through the scouts I learned so many practical life skills like cooking and first aid. But more importantly, I learned what it means to be an honest, caring, and involved citizen. I had many dedicated troop leaders, but it would have been wonderful had there been one to whom I could truly relate. The Boy Scouts of America’s current policy regarding gay leaders saddens me. My life could have been very different if I had had even one gay role model to look up to. I always felt so alone and isolated. I believed that I was the only one.
Make the right choice this week.