The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 27, 2013

Principled stand

Daily Item

---- — I would like to applaud the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way for their recent decision to temporarily hold back some of their funding for the Boy Scouts of America, a decision which will hopefully pressure the national BSA to end their discriminatory policy against gay members and adults. I hope they stand by their principles and don't back down.

My dad and I were active in Cub Scouts when I was a kid, and I enjoyed the outdoor trips, Pinewood Derbies and other activities. In 2013, when the U.S. military has ended its discriminatory policies and we see so many newspaper headlines about kids and teens being bullied in school for being different, I can't understand why anyone would want to deny opportunities to certain kids (or adults) in a biased way, no matter what the reason.

I do understand that a private organization may be within their legal rights to exclude people like that, but that doesn't make it moral (or right). And more importantly, if the United Way has a longstanding policy against giving its money to organizations that exclude people, then that's their right, too.

Jove Graham,