Transcript for Gay Boy Scout Ryan Andresen Denied Eagle Scout Award
Seventeen year old Bryant and -- and -- did everything he was supposed to do to become an eagle scout. He earned the required number of badges and completed the daunting final project just a couple weeks ago. He calls it a tolerance wall which now hangs prominently at -- -- intermediate school it's composed of 288 tiles. Each with an anti bullying message illustrated by school children. The school approved this project because we felt it promoted a positive message. Student safety and respecting all differences. But the boy scouts of America is denying Bryant eagle scout status because they found out he was gay. His mother is now trying to convince the organization to change its anti gay policy. Through petition she posted on change dot org. In just two days to petition has received tens of thousands of signatures. Two to twelve -- here at this red building on Morocco way we've been told everyone who's affiliated with the local boy scouts of America. Has been issued a gag order which explains -- no one has returned our calls. But scout executive John -- -- -- did release a statement which said Bryant does not meet scouting is membership standard on sexual orientation. -- has -- graffiti and became an eagle scout in 1975. And finds the boy scouts' policy disappointing he knows Bryant and his family. -- to did not get it based on for lack of credit worth technicality. -- had no nothing to do with his progress in this path to get to this point yes it's frustrating. Ryan and his family planted tell their story on national television next week and Rhonda Lilian Kim ABC 7 NEWS.
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