By Neal Broverman
Originally published on Advocate.com July 30 2012 12:49 PM ET
A suburban Chicago man joins a growing list of former Eagle Scouts renouncing their involvement in the homophobic group.
As a scout for 10 years and a troop leader for another decade, Rob Breymaier says he's long opposed the Scouts' antigay policy, refusing to kick out any gay Scouts in his group; he claims he was always hopeful the ban on gay and bi Scouts and leaders would soon come to an end. But when the organization recently reaffirmed the ban, Breymaier quit the organization and returned his medals to the group.
"I could always explain away that it was an old policy and that sooner or later, we’ll be able to force a vote on the issue," Breymaier told the Boston Herald. "But when this vote happened and they reaffirmed the policy, it was just too much. It was infuriating, embarrassing and upsetting."
The Boy Scouts report at least five other Eagle Scouts, the highest rank in the organization, returned their medals. The number appears to be much larger, as a tumbler blog has been launched chronicling those leaving the antigay organization.