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Trending: The Boy Scouts Changed His Life, See How He's Changing the Scouts

The teen says he will now advocate for the Boy Scouts to allow gay leaders.

Pascal Tessier of Kensington is happy he is an Eagle Scout, but wants the national Scouting organization to end its ban on gay adults serving as leaders. Credit: Screenshot from NBC Washington video.
Pascal Tessier of Kensington is happy he is an Eagle Scout, but wants the national Scouting organization to end its ban on gay adults serving as leaders. Credit: Screenshot from NBC Washington video.
By Deb Belt

Kensington, Md. – Pascal Tessier might be the first openly gay Eagle Scout.

Tessier, who had been outspoken in advocating the Boy Scouts of America lift a ban on gay members, earned the rank this week, reports WISTV.com. The scouts lifted its ban on gay members Jan. 1.

While there is no official tracking of gay members, Tessier is likely the nation's first openly gay Eagle approved under the new policy, according to the advocacy group Scouts for Equality.

Although the ban against gay scout members was lifted, a ban against gay leaders remains. It's a ban Tessier plans to challenge. "On my 18th birthday, I'm planning on applying to be an adult leader for the Boy Scouts so that we push the issue," he told.

Tessier, 17, and his Bethesda-Chevy Chase Boy Scout Troop held a demonstration earlier this year at the National Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts, demanding that openly gay youth be admitted to the BSA, reports NBC Washington.

Last spring, as a junior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Tessier spoke with the national media as Boy Scout national leaders were considering changing the policy. He told The Washington Post he would be "devastated" if he were not allowed to earn Eagle Scout status because of his sexuality.

He told CBS News This Morning it was time that the Boy Scouts lifted the ban.

"Simply because you've been teaching something for a long amount of time doesn't mean it's right," he said.

Tessier said he was glad he would still be able to call himself a Boy Scout and become an Eagle Scout, but he said he would remain an activist on the issue.

"There's so much more to do," he told CBS News. "I'm not stopping. That's for sure."

President Obama and gay rights groups nationwide supported lifting the ban and the Tessier family spoke against the ban in an earlier video interview with the BBC.

He told the Post his experience as a Scout has been life-changing and he "wouldn’t be the person I am today without the Boy Scouts."


michael February 14, 2014 at 06:36 PM
@Tommy- LOL no kidding!!! The bible says not to do so many things yet people do them every day!! I do believe in god but i DO NOT and will never believe in following a 3000 year old book wholeheartedly. To me that is just idiotic. The bible to so many people is almost like an assorted box of chocolates they take what they like and ignore what they do not... And the bible also tell us so many things about love, forgiveness, not passing judgement, that sin is sin but do they remember these things when claiming that the bible says "gay marriage is an abomination" nooo (which the bible doesnt even say that)
STAR dot STAR February 14, 2014 at 07:14 PM
For the record: Christian Bible, King James Authorized Version. Leviticus 20:13 "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have commited an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."
michael February 14, 2014 at 07:48 PM
@star- For the record I know exactly what the bible verse says. Still does not clear cut say "homosexuality" And as for "The "agenda" is to require you by law, to adopt the morality of someone else" First of all "morality" is a word made up by Christians of something that is inherent in most people to make themselves feel better. And secondly to say that anyone is asking you to "adopt the morality of someone else" can that not be said about the people opposing gay marriage? Are they not forcing their beliefs on other people? What I don't understand is why its anyone's business, If you don't like gay marriage don't get married to another person of the same sex. And don't pay attention to it.
Tommy Noble February 14, 2014 at 07:48 PM
Yep. Seems like a legit way to live when you also believe that a dude rounded up every living land-dwelling being and put it on a giant boat that he and his family built. Also, when you believe that the earth is just a few thousand years old and that genocide, rape, and polygamy are all okay when sanctioned by your imaginary friend in the sky.
michael February 14, 2014 at 07:54 PM
@Tommy- hahahahahahahahahahaha. I just laughed so hard!

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