More on Philadelphia v. Scouts case: Meet Greg Lattera

After reading Joe’s post, I decided to delve a little deeper into the case and read an article detailing the experience of a gay scout who testified he was kicked out for being gay. What kind of evil soul do you have to have in order to attack an eighteen year old Boy Scout, Greg Lattera, who had obviously dedicated his life to their organization?

Lattera was 18 when he attended a local meeting about gays and the scouting policy. The meeting was open to the press, he said.

“Here I’m thinking this is a meeting about the policy and how I feel about it,” he said. “I’m in my uniform and next thing I knew was that I was on TV.”

Two weeks later, on June 6, 2003, he received a letter ordering him to sever all ties with the scouts because they “received information” that led to his dismissal.

“I broke down and cried,” said Lattera, now 25, adding the scouts opened his eyes to the world around him and taught him life skills. “It was like a part of me was taken away.”

I’m sick to death of organizations who thumb their nose at anti-discrimination laws but still want public funding while doing it. Just another example of gays being asked to fund institutionalized discrimination against us via our taxes.

Aren’t we a SUSPECT CLASS, yet?

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