Drew Marzullo and Jonathan Perloe, gay activist and gun foe, respectively (actually, Marzullo is both) object to plaque honoring Earnest Thompson Seaton on Seaton's former land, where what became the Boy Scouts of America was started in about 1905 - land that is now a town park, some of which was sold to the town by Seaton's heirs, but even more of which was donated.
Marzullo's objection this time (he and Perloe stopped the effort two years ago), is that the national, (though not the local Greenwich chapter) BSA permits "faith-based" boy scout troops to bar homosexuals as scout masters, while Jonathan Perloe has his knickers knotted because the plaque mentions Seaton's founding, along with Teddy Roosevelt, the Camp Fire Club of America, an organization dedicated to hunting and shooting and thus - surprise! - allied with the NRA.
While the national ban on gay scout leaders was lifted in 2015, Marzullo objects to the national organization’s policy allowing for troops to set their own rules, potentially allowing troops sponsored by churches and other faith-based organizations to have anti-gay policies.
He said a religious exemption “is still and never will be a reasonable compromise.”
“If (a reference to) the Boy Scouts of America is included then that's the problem,” Marzullo said. “I cannot support plaque on town owned property with the BSA listed. I can support Greenwich Chapter being listed instead. If they remove the BSA and keep the Greenwich Chapter of Boy Scouts, they will have my support.”
Jonathan Perloe, who is [the salaried] director of programs and communications for Connecticut Against Gun Violence, spoke out at the time against the reference to the Camp-Fire Club. He objected to the club’s work with the National Rifle Association ... Like Marzullo, Perloe said on Friday he would renew his objections to the plaque on town property unless the language is changed.
For once, our First Selectman Peter Tesei has something intelligent to say on a town issue:
Tesei questioned why [the issue] was being brought up.
“I don’t think this argument has any place here,” Tesei said. “Any objections should be with the national policy, not with the local group. It’s unfortunate that this celebration of a well-known historic figure and one of Greenwich’s great estates is being dragged into a political fight.”
Tesei noted Marzullo has formed an exploratory committee for a potential run for lieutenant governor and questioned whether the issue was being raised for political reasons.
That's a safe bet, Peter. Marzullo and Perloe are also demanding the removal of the plaque on the rock at Tod's Point honoring Greenwich's first settlers, who were known to use guns, treat Indians badly, and were just downright mean to homosexuals.