MORAGA -- A former Boy Scout fighting to be granted his Eagle Scout rank -- a move denied by scouting leaders who cited his homosexuality -- will be honored by the town council at Wednesday night's meeting.
The proclamation does not mention Moraga resident Ryan Andresen's continuing effort to be granted Eagle Scout status, but focuses on a project he led as part of his application for the rank. Andresen encouraged students, faculty and staff at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School, which he attended for sixth through eighth grades, to decorate tiles with anti-bullying messages, then installed the tiles in a "Tolerance Wall" at the school.
The proposed proclamation credits Andresen's "strength of character," citing his "honesty, courage, integrity, commitment to service and community." The wall will continue to have a positive impact on the school and the community for years to come, the proclamation says.
Andresen's membership in the Boy Scouts was revoked after he went public with his fight to become an Eagle Scout in October. Scouting officials said in a statement that Andresen told them he did not agree with Scouting's principle of "Duty to God" and does not meet the organization's "standard of sexual orientation."
More than 400,000 people signed an online petition supporting Andresen, and he was featured on national news and Ellen DeGeneres' afternoon talk show. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom became one of Andresen's most prominent supporters Wednesday, signing the petition and tweeting that "California is proud of Ryan Andresen."