John M. Becker

Eric Holder Slams Boy Scouts for Gay Scoutmaster Ban

Filed By John M. Becker | June 11, 2014 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Boy Scouts, Eric Holder, Lambda Legal, scouting equality

"[T]he continuation of a policy that discriminates against gay adult leaders - by an iconic American institution - only preserves and perpetuates the worst kind of stereotypes. Like "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," it's a relic of an age of prejudice and insufficient understanding. Today, courageous lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals routinely put their lives on the line as members of America's armed services. They inspire us, they protect us, and they defend us. And if these men and women are fit for military service, then surely they are fit to mentor, to teach, and to serve as role models for the leaders of future generations."

-- Attorney General Eric Holder, slamming the Boy Scouts of America's policy of barring gay adults from serving as scoutmasters. Holder made the remarks at a reception hosted by Lambda Legal.

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