More than three-quarters of the adults involved in Boy Scouts in Alameda oppose their national organization’s policy of barring gay Scout leaders and members, survey results obtained by The Alamedan show, with parents of the organization’s youngest participants making up the highest percentage of those who think the policy is wrong.
Ed Kofman was once a Boy Scout, he said, an experience he got a lot out of. But as a member of the Alameda Community Fund’s board of directors, he helped usher in a non-discrimination policy last year that effectively prohibits the fund from giving grant money to local troops due to their national organization’s ban on openly gay scouts and scout leaders.
“We appreciated the good work the scouts were doing. But we’re troubled by the stance that the national organization took,” said Kofman, who said the policy was prompted by a grant request submitted by local scouts.