“His removal was unfriendly, uncourteous, and unkind.”

ZachHeadshotBSA National Headquarters Challenges Ohio Council’s Anti-discrimination Policy by Removing Gay Assistant Scoutmaster

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Scouts for Equality c
ondemned the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to expel Brian Peffly, an Eagle Scout, a member of the BSA’s honors society, and an adult volunteer for a Boy Scout troop in Columbus, Ohio.

Peffly, who is an intensive care nurse at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, served as the assistant Scoutmaster for a troop in the Simon Kenton Council. Peffly received a notice indicating that he could no longer serve as an Assistant Scoutmaster by mail on March 14, 2015.

“Last September, the Simon Kenton Council approved and adopted a statement on diversity that explicitly said they do not support discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation,” said Zach Wahls, Executive Director of Scouts for Equality. “I’m saddened and disappointed that today, Brian’s council has been overruled by the national organization and he is no longer able to give back to the Boy Scouts.”

The Simon Kenton Council’s statement on diversity can currently be found on its website. Peffly’s sexual orientation was first reported last April during an interview with a local TV station, which inquired about his sexual orientation.

“Brian has been a trustworthy and loyal leader of his troop for nearly a year. The Boy Scouts are sending a devastating message to every gay youth in the country: ‘You are no longer welcome once you become an adult,’” continued Wahls. “His removal was unfriendly, uncourteous, and unkind.”

The letter dismissing Brian from service to the organization.


The Simon Kenton Council’s statement on diversity is still visible at their website.