Scout Council Posts Statement Supporting Gay Scout Leaders
A statement from the Boy Scouts' Simon Kenton Council seems to have flown under the radar.
It says, "The Simon Kenton Council does not believe in denying membership in our program to a youth or adult leader on the basis of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, or economic status."
The organization Scouts for Equality put the spotlight on it to call it a positive step and to say there's still a way to go.
Brian Peffly is an eagle scout, the highest honor in scouting.
"It was a huge part of my life growing up," says Peffley.
It's also a big part of his life now. Peffley showed 10TV his assistant scoutmaster badge and the an unsanctioned badge called the inclusive scouting knot.
Peffley is a gay scout leader despite national policy prohibiting that.
He's made it his mission in his other role on Scouts For Equality to push for change.
He applauds the statement from his home council just coming to light now.
"It's a big step and we're moving in the right direction, but on the website, they do make it clear they have to follow national policy," says Peffley.
He fears, even with the statement, his membership one day could be in jeopardy.
It's why he'll push for a policy of inclusion for LGBT leaders.
"I know a lot of adult leaders flying under the radar and I know what that's like," says Peffley. "I think if you really look at scouting values they tell you it's not right to discriminate."
The statement says it was posted in September
Peffly wonders if there was no fanfare around the release of the statement because the council feared backlash.
10TV called the Simon Kenton Council, a spokesperson said the statement speaks for itself and wouldn't really comment beyond that.