LAFAYETTE -- The board of directors of Temple Isaiah voted unanimously this week to oppose the Boy Scouts of America's decision to disqualify boys because they admit to being gay.

A Thursday news release referred specifically to Ryan Andresen of Moraga, a candidate for his Eagle Award last year until he public affirmed he was gay. Andresen was denied his Eagle rank and dismissed from Scouting altogether.

"Though we cannot change the Scouts' national policy, we can work hard within and outside Temple Isaiah's walls to create an awareness of the damaging consequences of such policies on all our youth and on our communities," Rabbi Roberto Graetz said in the statement.

the statement said.

The Temple Isaiah board supports a policy of not writing Eagle Scout recommendations or signing off on religious awards for the Boy Scouts until the Boy Scouts of America membership policy is changed.