'Pathetic' Discrimination of Kids

Scouts for All protest discrimination against gay members

By Jacques Spitzer
|  Sunday, Oct 11, 2009  |  Updated 5:45 PM PDT
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'Pathetic' Discrimination of Kids

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Rally protested the Boy Scouts of America for excluding gay scouts and leaders

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A rally by members of Scouts for All on Sunday morning in Balboa Park protested the Boy Scouts of America for excluding scouts, leaders and parents who are openly gay or non-theist.

The protest comes a day after President Barack Obama delivered a supportive speech to the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay rights group. The current national policy for the Boy Scouts of America does not allow openly gay individuals or people who do not believe in God to be involved.

Howard Menzer took part in the rally. He was a boy scout for 54 years and is now the national president of Scouting for All.

“Our message to the people of San Diego and the world is that Boy Scouts of America is the only scouting organization in the western hemisphere that discriminates against children and that is pathetic,” he said.

The protest also focused on the use of public land by the Boy Scouts of America. They currently lease 17 acres of public land in Balboa Park and three acres of public land on Fiesta Island for just $1 a year.

Scouts for All claimed the lease is null and void because a California Superior Court judge ruled the scouts are a religious based organization and should not be able to lease land from the city.

“Their lease, when it was written, said if they lost in a court of law, their lease was null and void, Menzer said. “They’ve taken it to a high court now, but by taking it to a higher court, they are here without a lease.”

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