MORAGA (KCBS) — At a meeting next week, the Boy Scouts of America may amend its national policy excluding gays by allowing local councils to decide the matter themselves. The move is being welcomed by a Bay Area family that has been fighting the ban for months.
Last year, 18-year-old Ryan Andresen of Moraga was thrown out of the scouts after he told his scoutmaster he was gay. His online petition to get his Eagle Scout pin was signed by over a half million worldwide.
Eric Andresen, Ryan’s father has been very protective of his son’s privacy since his struggle made national headlines. “Ryan has had a very difficult four months. While 90 percent of the responses we’ve received have been positive and in support; that 10 percent negative always seems to be what kids focus on,” Eric Andresen said.