The mother of a gay boy scout will appear on “Ellen.”
Ryan Andresen was denied an Eagle award because of his sexual orientation, and his mother Karen launched a petition on Change.org, an online social change platform. The petition asked Troop 212 in Moraga, California, to reject Boy Scouts of America’s discrimination policy against homosexuals and award Ryan Andresen its highest honor. So far the petition has been signed over 200,000 times.
Next for Andresen is a visit to “Ellen.” She will discuss the situation with DeGeneres, who is a gay rights advocate.
Andresen said her son joined the scouts when he was six. She said his scoutmaster refused to make him an Eagle Scout even though he met the requirements. The cut-off date for the honor is the scout’s 18th birthday, so Andresen hopes to overturn the decision before then.
Ryan came out publicly in July in a mass letter to the troop as he attempted to stand up for another scout who was the victim of bullying.
“The scout proactively notified his unit leadership and Eagle Scout consoler that he does not agree to the scouting's principle of 'duty to God' and does not meet scouting's membership standard on sexual orientation,” Deron Smith, a Boy Scouts of America spokesman, said in a statement.