- Today’s decision was degrading, dehumanizing, and disgraceful. It stigmatized LGBT people and their families and sends the dangerous message that they are inferior and a threat to society.
- MD Gov. Deval Patrick | Gay Marriage and the Right to Be Ordinary
Wayne Besen, Truth Wins Out (TWO)
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May 23, 2013 An estimated 1,400 voting members of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) National Council just voted 61-38 percent to end the ban on gay youth participating in the program, but kept its outrageous and offensive policy banning gay leaders and volunteers.
The following is TWO Executive Director Wayne Besen’s statement:
Today’s Boy Scout’s decision was insulting and pandered to ignorance and bigotry at the expense of gay people and their families. Allowing gay scouts but not adult scout leaders was a compromise – only in the sense that BSA compromised its integrity and decency. Let’s be clear — this was not a step forward, but a step backward, because it reinforced the most vile stereotypes and misconceptions deliberately peddled by anti-gay activists.
MD Gov. Deval Patrick | Gay Marriage and the Right to Be Ordinary, Gov. Deval Patrick, Washington (DC) Post
"Nine years ago Friday, same-sex marriages started happening in Massachusetts, and the time since then has proved wonderfully unremarkable. The sky has not fallen. The earth has not opened to swallow us up."