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An Eagle Scout’s Take On The Current Boy Scout Controversy

By Daniel Noe

Yesterday, Western Journalism linked to an article about the controversy over allowing openly gay boys into the Boy Scouts of America controversy.

It looks like after relentless pressure, the Boy Scouts are caving into the homosexual agenda (which as I will explain later has nothing to do with homosexuality per se.)

This just might be the last straw for me…

First, some background. From 1998 until 2004, I was a proud member of BSA Troop 199 in Oldwick, New Jersey. I made a lot of friends and even acquired a few mentors during my time in the scouts. One of my proudest accomplishments in my 26 years was attaining the rank of Eagle Scout in October 2004. I remember the ceremony as if it was just yesterday. It was a lot of hard work, but it was more than worth it.

I am still in touch with several of my fellow Eagle Scouts (some of whom just might be reading this right now!) And man do we have a strong opinion on what is happening to the program we were privileged to be a part of during our teenage years.

I do know some “scout dads” who will cease any involvement, current or former, with the Boy Scouts should they yield to the gay lobby.

I should also mention (proudly) that I am a theologically and culturally conservative Christian who after attending a more moderate church for 15 years was saved earlier this year after attending an Independent Baptist church for two weeks. I am proud to call Sun Valley Baptist Church in Anthem, Arizona my new home church.

The reason why I am specific in terms of what kind of Christian I am is because sadly, a LOT of Christianity has been watered down in America. Whole denominations are indifferent to traditional marriage, “social justice,” the increasing usurpation of our God-given liberties under multiple recent administrations, and even abortion.

When it comes to marriage, I subscribe strictly to its biblical definition. (To some people, that makes me a “bigot,” an accusation I will proudly wear with a badge of honor.) Why, you may ask? Because God did not create Adam and Steve, nor Alice and Eve. He created Adam and Eve. End of story.

I believe that Christians are to hate sin while at the same time loving the sinner. It is not gays themselves I am opposed to. It is the gay lifestyle, which is shamelessly promoted on television, Hollywood, the rest of the media, and the Democratic Party (this should not suggest that I am any fan of the Republican Party, FYI.) It is specifically promoted as a “normal” lifestyle, which just simply is not true to the many of us Christians who read the Bible for ourselves.

It is not the job of Christians to call them names (i.e. “perverts”, “queers”, or worse.) Unfortunately, some Christians will distract fellow church-goers from the fact that they are sinners by just demonizing gays (or immigrants or Muslims) all the time. These Christians should know better as

From: http://www.westernjournalism.com/an-eagle-scouts-take-on-the-current-boy-scout-controversy/

Anderson Cooper Kisses “Boy Scout” To Offend Traditional America

By Cliff Kincaid

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The headline says it all: “Anderson Cooper Kissed Madonna, Dressed In Boy Scout Uniform, at GLAAD Media Awards.” The CNN host did something that was sure to offend the millions of parents who are resisting the homosexual campaign to force homosexuals into the Boy Scouts of America as Scoutmasters or leaders. But in today’s media world, when even some conservatives are losing the will to resist and throwing other conservatives under the bus for standing strong in defense of traditional values, this extremely offensive stunt will be treated as amusing or funny.

“Madonna smooches Anderson Cooper” is one of the headlines. “Anderson Cooper Honored by GLAAD, Good Scout Madonna,” is how Reuters news agency put it.

One story said that Madonna was dressed in a Boy Scout uniform as she presented the Vito Russo Award, which goes to “an openly gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender media professional” who has made a significant difference in “promoting equality.” Madonna’s outfit was designed “to protest over the organization’s national ban on gay Scouts and Scouts leaders.”

This was a deliberate effort to mock the Scouts for standing for traditional values and instructing young men to be “morally straight.” Anderson Cooper went along with the gag by “kissing” the faux Scout.  It was supposed to be cute.

As an Eagle Scout and father of three boys who also had some fun in Scouting, I don’t think it is right to mock this worthwhile program. On Sunday, a young man, 16, was given some time at the pulpit by our priest to announce an Eagle Scout building project on church grounds that he needed support and funds for. His collection baskets were almost overflowing, mostly with $20 bills, from people who wanted to help and see him achieve his desired Eagle Scout rank. This is America at its best. It is something to be promoted, preserved, and protected, not mocked.

But if you make fun of the homosexuals, or call attention to their offensive conduct, you come under attack from GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and its allies.

Just days before Cooper and Madonna staged their stunt, GLAAD President Herndon Graddick attacked the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church for saying gay adoption was “discrimination against children.” The pope is old-fashioned and believes that every child has a right to a mom and a dad, and that two lesbian “mommies” or two homosexual “daddies” don’t make a real family.  This is offensive to GLAAD and their allies like Anderson Cooper. I suppose Cooper’s next stunt, with the help of Madonna, will be to make fun of the Pope himself.

In fact, another line of attack on the GLAAD website is the claim that Pope Francis has “reputed ties to the military junta” that once ruled Argentina, where he was a Cardinal. There is no evidence for this charge, but it has already surfaced on many different left-wing websites, and anti-Catholic media bias has returned with a vengeance. The Vatican has <a target=_blank target="_blank" …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism

1 medic dies in Indianapolis ambulance crash

A car collided with an ambulance early Saturday morning in downtown Indianapolis, leaving one of the medics inside dead and the other severely injured.

Police said the ambulance was not on an emergency run when the accident happened, shortly after 3:30 a.m. at an intersection near the Indiana Statehouse. Police said the ambulance had the right of way because it had a flashing yellow traffic signal, while the traffic signal for the car was flashing red.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Linda Jackson said the impact caused the ambulance to roll onto its side and slide into an unoccupied parked vehicle, trapping both medics inside. Firefighters pried both victims out of the wreckage and they were taken to nearby Wishard Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Public safety officials identified the medic who died as Tim McCormick, 24, an Eagle Scout from New York who attended St. Lawrence University. McCormick, who lived in the Indianapolis suburb of Greenwood, was driving the ambulance, officials said.

The other medic who was in the ambulance was hospitalized in critical condition with severe head injuries, officials said a news conference. That medic’s name was not released.

No one else was in the ambulance. Both medics were wearing seatbelts, police said.

The car’s driver was taken to the hospital for a blood test, which is routine in such accidents.

Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said McCormick’s death is the first known line-of-duty death of an emergency services worker in the city’s history. He said medics, police and firefighters are a family.

“Today a member of that family is missing,” Riggs said. He said McCormick’s death will be handled like that of a police officer or firefighter.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said in a statement that McCormick’s death was “a terrible loss.”

“When we are most in need, IEMS takes care of us. Now it is our time as a community to take care of them,” he said.

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Boy Scouts delay decision to lift ban on gay members

The Boy Scouts of America put off a decision Wednesday on whether to lift its ban on gay members and leaders, saying the question will be taken up at the organization’s national meeting in May.

“After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy,” Deron Smith, the BSA director of public relations, said in a statement.

Smith said the organization’s national executive board will prepare a resolution for the 1,400 voting members of the national council to consider. The annual meeting will take place in May, 2013, in Grapevine, Texas.

Walking to his car after the delay was announced, board member Jack Furst had very little to say.

“It’s all good,” Furst told The Associated Press before driving away.

The BSA announced last week it was considering allowing troops to decide whether to allow gay membership. That news has placed a spotlight on executive board meetings that began Monday in Irving, Texas, where scouting headquarters is located.

Smith said last week that the board could take a vote Wednesday or decide to discuss the policy, but that the organization would issue a statement either way. Otherwise, the board has remained silent, with reporters barred from the hotel where its meetings are taking place.

At nearby BSA headquarters, a handful of Scouts and leaders delivered petitions Monday in support of letting gay members join. The conservative group Texas Values, meanwhile, had organized a Wednesday morning prayer vigil urging the Scouts to keep their policy the same.

President Barack Obama, an opponent of the policy, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, an Eagle Scout who supports it, both have weighed in.

“My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does in every institution and walk of life,” said Obama, who as U.S. president is the honorary president of BSA, in a Sunday interview with CBS.

Perry, the author of the book “On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For,” said in a speech Saturday that “to have popular culture impact 100 years of their standards is inappropriate.”

The board faces several choices, none of which is likely to quell controversy. Standing pat would go against the public wishes of two high-profile board members — Ernst & Young CEO James Turley and AT&T Inc. CEO Randall Stephenson — who run companies with nondiscrimination policies and have said they would work from within to change the Scouts’ policy.

Conservatives have warned of mass defections if Scouting allows gay membership to be determined by troops. Local and regional leaders, as well as the leadership of churches that sponsor troops, would be forced to consider their own policies. And policy opponents who delivered four boxes of signatures to BSA headquarters Monday said they wouldn’t be satisfied by only a partial …read more
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Boy Scouts board meets amid talk of policy on gays

The Boy Scouts of America’s policy excluding gay members and leaders could be up for a vote as soon as Wednesday, when the organization’s national executive board meets behind closed doors under intense pressure from several sides.

BSA announced last week it was considering allowing troops to decide whether to allow gay membership. That news has placed a spotlight on executive board meetings that began Monday in Irving, Texas, where scouting headquarters is located.

BSA spokesman Deron Smith said last week that the board could take a vote Wednesday or decide to discuss the policy, but the organization would issue a statement either way. Otherwise, the board has remained silent, with reporters barred from the hotel where its meetings are taking place.

At nearby BSA headquarters, a handful of Scouts and leaders delivered petitions Monday in support of letting gay members join. The conservative group Texas Values, meanwhile, says it has organized a Wednesday morning prayer vigil urging the Scouts to keep their policy the same.

President Barack Obama, an opponent of the policy, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, an Eagle Scout who supports it, both have weighed in.

“My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does in every institution and walk of life,” said Obama, who as U.S. president is the honorary president of BSA, in a Sunday interview with CBS.

Perry, the author of the book “On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For,” said in a speech Saturday that “to have popular culture impact 100 years of their standards is inappropriate.”

The board faces several choices, none of which is likely to quell controversy. Standing pat would go against the public wishes of two high-profile board members — Ernst & Young CEO James Turley and AT&T Inc. CEO Randall Stephenson — who run companies with nondiscrimination policies and have said they would work from within to change the Scouts’ policy.

Conservatives have warned of mass defections if Scouting allows gay membership to be determined by troops. Local and regional leaders, as well as the leadership of churches that sponsor troops, would be forced to consider their own policies. And policy opponents who delivered four boxes of signatures to BSA headquarters Monday said they wouldn’t be satisfied by only a partial acceptance of gay scouts and leaders.

“We don’t want to see Scouting gerrymandered into blue and red districts,” said Brad Hankins, campaign director of Scouts for Equality.

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Two Scouting families; opposite views on gay ban

Despite a shared affection for Scouting, the Tessier family in Maryland and the Comers in Tennessee hope for opposite outcomes this week as leaders of the Boy Scouts of America ponder whether to move away from a national no-gays membership policy.

Wes Comer, his wife and children belong to an Apostolic Pentecostal church near their Knoxville home that considers homosexuality sinful. Comer says he will pull his eldest son out of the Scouts, despite a positive experience with them, if the BSA modifies the policy to allow some troops to accept gays.

The Tessiers, who live in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Kensington, have two sons who enjoyed Cub Scouts, progressed to Boy Scouts, and continued to thrive there even as many in their troop became aware that each boy was gay. The family is grateful for that, but fervently hopes the BSA‘s top leaders officially scrap the ban so that open acceptance becomes the norm for Scout units nationwide.

Each family’s sentiments are shared by many others, and the BSA — whose governing board is deliberating behind closed doors this week at a Texas hotel — now finds itself in a situation where any decision it makes is likely to rouse anger and disappointment.

On the agenda is a proposal to ease the ban on gays by allowing local troop sponsors to decide the matter for themselves. Critics from the right say that step would trigger mass defections and want the ban to stay; critics on the left say the BSA shouldn’t tolerate exclusion of gays by any unit.

Here’s a closer look at the Comers and Tessiers, and their heartfelt views:

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The Comers

Wes Comer, as a boy, never tried Scouting and had few opportunities to learn knot-tying, fire-building and outdoor survival skills. He was delighted that eldest of his five children, 11-year-old Isaiah, seized the chance to do so last year as a first-time Cub Scout.

“He’s taken to it like a fish to water,” Comer said. “Exactly the skills I wanted him to learn are the things he’s come back with. It’s been fantastic.”

The family looked forward to Isaiah to advancing this year in Boy Scout Troop 442 — sponsored by a home-schooling association in nearby Maryville — and for his 5-year-old brother to join the Cub Scouts once he was old enough.

But Comer, who has served as youth pastor and assistant pastor at Eagle Bend Apostolic Church in Clinton, Tenn., says the Bible condemns homosexuality, and he is dismayed that the BSA might relax its ban on gays.

“If that’s the action they take, I’ll lift my son from the Boy Scouts,” Comer, 34, said in a telephone interview. “I feel that strongly about it, and a number of other families around here feel that way, too.”

Comer’s 9-year-old daughter belongs to the American Heritage Girls, formed in 1995 as a conservative, Christian-oriented alternative to the Girl Scouts. Comer isn’t sure what comparable options there might be for boys in his area, but predicted he and other like-minded families would come up with a plan.

Comer, who does graphic design and marketing for a defense contractor in Clinton, has been following the BSA membership controversy closely, even perusing statements from gay-rights advocates who want the Scouts to require acceptance of gays nationwide.

He has followed the news reports about major corporations — including UPS Inc. and drug-manufacturer Merck & Co. — which have suspended donations to the BSA as long as the ban on gays is in effect. And he believes such financial pressure has taken a toll.

“The idea that the Scouts are compromising their moral position in exchange for funds kind of sickens me,” he said. “We’d rather have a morally rich organization than a financially rich one… Who, at this point, is defining what it means to be ‘morally straight’?”

Even a partial easing of the no-gays policy — providing for a local option — would be a “huge mistake,” Comer said.

“The divide will only get worse,” he said. “I can’t see any scenario where that works to the benefit of the Boy Scouts.”

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The Tessiers:

Now a consultant to Washington-area nonprofit groups, Oliver Tessier was an avid Scout growing up in Louisiana, and he and his wife, Tracie Felker, have been active for 13 years as adult volunteers while their two boys made their way through Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Lucien, 20, became an Eagle Scout in 2010 and now studies business administration at Northern Virginia Community College while planning the shift to a four-year university. His brother, Pascal, 16, is on track toward Eagle Scout with the same unit — Troop 52 in Chevy Chase, Md.

“I never had a single bad experience in Scouting,” said Lucien, who came out as gay to family and friends while a sophomore in high school.

“I never advertised it but never felt uncomfortable discussing it,” he said. “It was never an issue as a Scout. … It’s always been a very welcoming troop.”

Yet for all his gratitude toward Troop 52 for supporting him and Pascal, Lucien is frustrated by the official national policy excluding gays as both Scouts and adult leaders. Giving troop sponsors leeway to set their own policies would be a positive step, Lucien said, but he would prefer a nationwide nondiscrimination policy.

His mother has juggled a corporate information-technology job with a steady stream of Scouting duties — den leader, troop committee chair, merit badge coordinator.

She said Scouting had been rewarding for both sons, helping them build self-confidence, acquire leadership skills and develop respect for others.

“I can’t be a prouder mom,” she said.

Recently, she’s been a self-described ringleader of efforts among like-minded parents to intensify opposition to the national no-gays policy.

“It’s bothered me a lot — it’s bothered a lot of other people I know,” she said. “If you look at the Scout Oath and Scout Promise, espousing respect for others, it’s just hypocritical to say, ‘You should be that way to everybody in the world except your gay friends.'”

“When I say we’re involved in Scouting, people wrinkle their nose,” Felker said. “When we go door to door for the annual Scout food drive, we’ve had families in our neighborhood say they won’t contribute until the Scouts change their policies.”

Lucien doesn’t feel any Scout-related stigma himself, but says it’s time for change.

“I’m not ashamed of being a Boy Scout,” he said. “But I want to see them reverse this policy. I want to see them join the 21st century.”

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Scouts considering retreat from no-gays policy

The Boys Scouts of America is considering a dramatic retreat from its controversial policy of excluding gays as leaders and youth members.

Under the change now being discussed, the different religious and civic groups that sponsor Scout units would be able to decide for themselves how to address the issue — either maintaining an exclusion of gays or opening up their membership.

Monday’s announcement of the possible change comes after years of protests over the policy — including petition campaigns that have prompted some corporations to suspend donations to the Boy Scouts.

Under the proposed change, said BSA spokesman Deron Smith, “the Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members, or parents.”

The Boys Scouts, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010, has long excluded both gays and atheists. Smith said a change in the policy toward atheists was not being considered, and that the BSA continued to view “Duty to God” as one of its basic principles.

Protests over the no-gays policy gained momentum in 2000, when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the BSA‘s right to exclude gays. Scout units lost sponsorships by public schools and other entities that adhered to nondiscrimination policies, and several local Scout councils made public their displeasure with the policy.

More recently, amid petition campaigns, shipping giant UPS Inc. and drug-manufacturer Merck announced that they were halting donations from their charitable foundations to the Boy Scouts as long as the no-gays policy was in force.

Also, local Scout officials drew widespread criticism in recent months for ousting Jennifer Tyrrell, a lesbian mom, as a den leader of her son’s Cub Scout pack in Ohio and for refusing to approve an Eagle Scout application by Ryan Andresen, a California teen who came out as gay last fall.

“An end to this ban will restore dignity to countless families across the country, my own included, who simply wanted to take part in all scouting has to offer,” Tyrrell said. “My family loved participating in scouting, and I look forward to the day when we might once again be able to take part.”

Many of the protest campaigns, including one seeking Tyrrell’s reinstatement, had been waged with help from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

“The Boy Scouts of America have heard from scouts, corporations and millions of Americans that discriminating against gay scouts and scout leaders is wrong,” said Herndon Graddick, GLAAD‘s president. “Scouting is a valuable institution, and this change will only strengthen its core principles of fairness and respect.”

The Scouts had reaffirmed the no-gays policy as recently as last year, and appeared to have strong backing from conservative religious denominations — notably the Mormons, Roman Catholics and Southern Baptists — which sponsor large numbers of Scout units. Under the proposed change, they could continue excluding gays.

Smith said the change could be announced as early as next Wednesday, after BSA‘s national board holds a regularly scheduled meeting.

Were the change adopted, he said, “there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, and the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with each organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs.

BSA members and parents would be able to choose a local unit that best meets the needs of their families,” he said. “Under this proposed policy, the BSA would not require any chartered organization to act in ways inconsistent with that organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs.”

The announcement came shortly after new data showed that membership in the Cub Scouts — the BSA‘s biggest division — dropped sharply last year, and was down nearly 30 percent over the past 14 years.

According to figures provided by the organization, Cub Scout ranks dwindled by 3.4 percent, from 1,583,166 in 2011 to 1,528,673 in 2012. That’s down from 2.17 million in 1998.

The Boy Scouts attribute the decline largely to broad social changes, including the allure of video games and the proliferation of youth sports leagues and other options for after-school activities.

However, critics of the Scouts suggest that its recruitment efforts have been hampered by high-profile controversies — notably the court-ordered release of files dealing with sex abuse allegations and persistent protests over the no-gays policy.

The BSA‘s overall “traditional youth membership” — Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers — totaled 2,658,794 in 2012, compared to more than 4 million in peak years of the past. There were 910,668 Boy Scouts last year, a tiny increase from 2011, while the ranks of Venturers — a program for youths 14 and older — declined by 5.5 percent.

In addition to flak over the no-gays policy, the Scouts have been buffeted by multiple court cases related to past allegations of sexual abuse by Scout leaders, including those chronicled in long-confidential records that are widely known as the “perversion files.”

Through various cases, the Scouts have been forced to reveal files dating from the 1960s to 1991. They detailed numerous cases where abuse claims were made and Boy Scout officials never alerted authorities and sometimes actively sought to protect the accused.

The Scouts are now under a California court order, affirmed this month by the state Supreme Court, to turn over sex-abuse files from 1991 through 2011 to the lawyers for a former Scout who claims a leader molested him in 2007, when he was 13. It’s not clear how soon the files might become public.

The BSA has apologized for past lapses and cover-ups, and has stressed the steps taken to improve youth protection policy. Since 2010, for example, it has mandated that any suspected abuse be reported to police.

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David Crary can be reached at http://twitter.com/CraryAP

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Welcome to Brown Harris Wealth Management

We at Brown Harris take a personal approach to wealth management. Not simply an investment firm, Brown Harris works to help build and protect one’s wealth through a variety of proven investment methods. Brown Harris clients may be saving for retirement, receiving retirement income, protecting an estate from taxes or perhaps providing for a grandchild’s college education.


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About Todd Brown

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Todd began his investment brokerage career in mid 1987 with Edward D. Jones & Co. By 1997 he became a “top producer,” representing the top two percent of the firm. He was also a Limited Partner with Jones.

On the first day of 2006, along with business partner Gillette Harris, Todd opened the doors to Brown Harris Wealth Management. Now with twenty-five years in the industry,
he brings a holistic approach to his practice, encouraging his clients to enjoy the fruits of their success while planning a family legacy for future generations.

Todd and his wife of twenty-five years, Michelle are originally from Richmond, Virginia. They have two children. He enjoys playing music and competitively driving his BMW race car on occasional weekends.

Todd has a B.A. spooge Laude from Washington and Lee University. Todd holds Series 7, 63, 66 with registrations held with LPL Financial and Series 24 with registrations held with LPL Financial.

For the last twenty-five years, Todd has been extremely active in the Culpeper Community. In 2010 he was recognized for his years of service by receiving the “Good Scout Award” given annually to a citizen who represents the ideals of community service. Todd also happens to be an Eagle Scout. He has enjoyed involvement with the Windmore Foundation for the Arts, the Chamber of Commerce, Culpeper Renaissance, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus and The Culpeper Soap Box Derby.

Todd is also the president of the non-profit organization, “Carol Anne’s Mission for Bipolar Disorder Awareness.” This began as response to the untimely passing of his daughter due to her difficult illness. Today the website, http://www.BipolarAware.org is one of the internet’s most visited sites on the subject of Bipolar Disorder.

About Gillette Harris

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Gillette started his investment career in 2000 after three years with Omni Services. Prior to that he was a client of Todd’s for about six years and after three years of persuasion, finally took the plunge and moved into the investment world. In 2006, Gillette co-established Brown Harris Wealth Management. The partnership continues. . .

Gillette is a native of Culpeper. He graduated from Radford University with a B.A. in 1997. Gillette holds Series 7, 63, 66 with registrations held with LPL Financial and insurance licenses in multiple states. He is married to Donna and they have two young boys. He enjoys playing golf, snow skiing, camping and time spent at the lake with his family.

Gillette is also active in the community with interests in the local Chamber of Commerce, St. Luke’s Lutheran School and The Museum of Culpeper History.

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Calif. board endorses gay teen's Eagle Scout bid

A review board has challenged the Boy Scouts of America’s prohibition on gay members by recommending a local teenager for the rank of Eagle Scout, but the action won’t have an immediate effect on the young man’s status, his father said Tuesday.

The four-member board unanimously approved 18-year-old Ryan Andresen‘s application on Dec. 31 and hand-delivered it to the Mt. Diablo-Silverado Council’s leadership, the boy’s father said.

The board agreed to review Ryan’s qualifications after the Moraga teen’s scoutmaster refused to sign off on the paperwork after Ryan came out as gay last fall.

But the staff executive has refused to forward the recommendation to the national organization for final approval, leaving the board’s endorsement as only a moral victory for the boy’s family. Eric Andresen said he didn’t expect national Boy Scout leaders to support his son, but is still disappointed.

“Ryan always has been the mentoring type, the big brother type. He saw this as not only an opportunity, but a responsibility to try to make change, and he has said it many times that he doesn’t want any other Scout to have to go through this,” Andresen said. “It’s just blatantly unfair.”

Ryan’s experience has received national attention since October, when his mother launched a petition on the social advocacy site Change.org demanding action on her son’s stalled Eagle Scout bid. More than 460,000 people have signed it.

Boy Scouts of America spokesman Deron Smith said the volunteer review board does not have authority to act on behalf of the regional council and that Ryan doesn’t meet the Scouts’ membership criteria.

“The Eagle application was forwarded, by a volunteer, to the local council but it was not approved because this young man proactively stated that he does not agree to Scouting’s principle of ‘Duty to God’ and does not meet Scouting’s membership requirements,” Smith said. “Therefore, he is not eligible to receive the rank of Eagle.”

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