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April 7, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Boy Scouts: Reflecting on Scouting with a gay leader

In about 1948 we had a gay Scout leader of our troop in conservative Eastern Idaho [“Boy Scouts take steps to oust gay leader of Seattle troop,” Local News, April 1].

We all knew he was gay and he never made advances on any of us. When he was outed and our parents found out, they were outraged.

He was not only driven from the Scouts but from the community. His was not a lifestyle I would choose but he certainly did nothing to entrap or encourage the members of the troop in that direction. In today’s world, I am not sure the outcry about the danger to the Scouts is warranted.

My vote is to let him continue as a Scout leader. It sounds as if he is doing a real service to the boys in his troop.

John Porter, Kirkland

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