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Letter to the Editor: Scout Values

To the Editor:

Next month, the Boy Scouts of America will consider a resolution to end their policy of discrimination against gay youth. While this policy is only a first step toward full non-discrimination, it represents an important step.

As an Eagle Scout, I learned values of being helpful, friendly, courteous, and kind to all — and respecting differences. I hope to see the National Capitol Area Council demonstrate these values by strongly backing this policy and then working to end the ban on LGBT Scout leaders.

The last three Virginia governors and the last three Presidents (Democrats and Republicans) have all banned discrimination based on sexual orientation for their employees. More than 85 percent of Fortune 500 companies protect gay and lesbian workers. Even the U.S. Armed Forces now allow open service.

It is time for BSA to send a message that all youths — gay and straight — are our nation's future.

Joshua Israel

Arlington