Yahoo has the story, and a photo:
A longtime Boy Scout claims he’s being denied the organization’s highest honor because he’s gay.
Ryan Andresen, who lives near San Francisco, recently finished an extensive service project needed to earn his Eagle Scout award, but his troop leader refuses to give him the rank.
“He said he can’t because Ryan said he is gay,” said Karen Andresen, the scout’s mother.
The Scouts national spokesman offered the following explanation:
“Recently, a Scout proactively notified his unit leadership and Eagle Scout Counselor that he does not agree to Scouting’s principle of “Duty to God” and does not meet Scouting’s membership standard on sexual orientation,” Smith wrote in a statement to Yahoo News. “While the BSA did not proactively ask for this information, based on his statements and after discussion with his family he is being informed that he is no longer eligible for membership in Scouting.”
Ironically, Andersen’s service project dealt with anti-bullying efforts.
Think Progress offers some commentary.