Boy Scouts' Gay Ban Challenged By Idaho Father And Son Soldiers

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have yet to make a final decision on whether to amend their controversial ban on gay participants, but that hasn't stopped one father and son from literally hitting the pavement in an effort to prompt the organization to do just that.

Idaho-based ABC affilate Local News 8 reports that Dave McGrath, a former army intelligence officer, and his son Joe will bike 1,800 miles from their Idaho Falls home to the BSA headquarters in Irving, Texas, where they will present scouting officials with their objections to the anti-gay policy.

"I have six sons, two of whom are gay," Dave tells the network's Caleb James. "I have an identical twin brother who is an Eagle Scout, and he's gay ... I love the Boy Scouts. I wish them all the best, and yet they discriminate against people I love."

Joe, who returned from a year-long deployment in Kuwait on April 15, echoed those sentiments: "There's people out there who aren't given the chance to go to Boy Scouts, or, you know, it's something they love and all of a sudden they're getting kicked out."

The pair will document their journey, which kicks off May 3, on Facebook here.

Check out James' full report here.



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