Some northeast Iowans are speaking out against the Boy
Scouts of America's policy that bans gays from being scouts or
leaders. Zach Wahls launched Scouts for E-qual-ity on the
national level. Some eastern Iowans and started a Local
On Change.org, more than 450 people, many of whom are
eastern Iowans, have signed their name to a petition
spe-cifi-cally targeting the Boy Scouts' Northeast Iowa Council.
The petition calls the Boy Scouts of America's policy on
banning gays from being scouts or leaders discriminatory and
asks for the Northeast Iowa Council to reject that.
At the Northeast Iowa Council’s headquarters in Dubuque
County, executive director Scott (see-bert) said the council has
to follow the national policy.
Loss of the charter could leave some 4,000 young people in
northeast Iowa without a program, Seibert said, "and our
board is not willing at this time to risk that."