A Louisville-based, gay, boy scout leader is hoping that his meeting with United Way Worldwide officials in Indianapolis Wednesday will put the Boy Scouts of America on notice.
Greg Bourke says he was ousted as an assistant scoutmaster after he came out of the closet. Bourke delivered 64,000 change.org petition signatures to the United Way at its conference. He says he wants the United Way Worldwide to denounce the Boy Scouts of America for its anti-gay policy.
“I don’t want to do anything to hurt scouting,” Bourke says. “I love scouting that’s why I’m here. I was a scout, my son is a scout and I spent more time and effort on scouting over the past seven years than I spent getting any of my college degrees and I have four. I’ve put a lot of time and effort into scouting and I don’t want to see it hurt.”
Bourke adds that the scouts organization discriminates against gays and if it doesn‘t stop, he‘d like the United Way to pull its funding from the United Way member group. The Boy Scouts of America is reviewing its policy and is expected to reach a decision next month.
A statement sent to Fox59 by members of the Boy Scouts’ national office states:
“We have previously met with this individual and respect his right to express his opinion. The Boy Scouts of America is committed to dialogue on its membership standards within the Scouting family at the local and national levels. The BSA officers will draft a resolution regarding membership standards which will be considered by the voting members of the National Council at the National Annual Meeting in May 2013,” said Director of Public Relations for BSA Deron Smith.