John Stemberger is perhaps Florida's best-known homophobe. He was deeply involved in Florida's effort to ban gay marriage and runs the Florida Family Policy Council, a group that opposes just about any bit of legal protection for the LGBT community. Now he's decided to start a separate group solely to keep openly gay members out of Boy Scouts and in typical Stemberger fashion is using fear-mongering rhetoric straight out of the 1950s.
as Canadian scouts saw a 50 percent drop over five years as a result of this same policy change in
"What kind of a message are we sending to our young people if the very leaders who are teaching Boy Scouts to be brave, cannot even find the courage to stand firm and avoid caving to peer pressure from Hollywood and political activists?" Stemberger, who himself is a professional political activist, says in a news release.
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