You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.


  • Road restrictions for Oct. 1
    WEBSTER STREETClosed between Washington and Jefferson boulevards through Oct. 20. AMBER ROAD Closed from Branning Road to Redding Drive through Oct. 3.
  • Legacy panel mulls 1st proposal action
    A proposal to use Legacy Fund money to build a World Baseball Academy facility could move forward in November.
  • Relationships hold key to mentoring ‘littles’
    The president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America came to Fort Wayne on Tuesday, not to give the local chapter a pep talk but to look for ideas on how it does things and learn what the national organization can do to help.

Morris apologizes, stands by Girl Scout decision


Days after his opposition to a resolution honoring the Girl Scouts went viral, Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, apologized for his remarks but stood by his decision not to sign the resolution.

In a written statement, Morris said he was able to reflect on his previous letter, which called the Girl Scouts a “radicalized organization” that supports abortion and promotes “homosexual lifestyles.”

“I realize now that my words were emotional, reactionary and inflammatory,” he wrote on Thursday. “For that I sincerely apologize … I certainly should not have painted the entire Girl Scouts organization with such a wide brush.”

Morris said his previous letter was simply trying to state his reasons for not signing the resolution, which was honoring the group’s centennial anniversary. He said that letter was intended for his legislative colleagues, which is the reason for “the lack of research and evidence it contained.”

“Had I known this letter would have gone to a wider audience, I would have cited further evidence for my position,” he said.

Morris said he never should have written the original letter, but he said he would still not sign the resolution honoring the Girl Scouts because of the policies of its national organization.

“My conscience would not allow me to publicly endorse an organization that partners with Planned Parenthood – our state’s leading abortion provider,” he wrote.

The Girl Scouts of USA denied having any relationship with Planned Parenthood. Morris in his Thursday statement cited a March 5, 2004 interview with Kathy Cloninger, Girl Scouts CEO, where she said the scouts organization partners with Planned Parenthood with regard to sex education.

“If the Girl Scouts USA now denies the statement of its CEO, I challenge the organization to do so publicly so that individuals are not confused as to the organization’s ties to Planned Parenthood,” he said.

Morris further wrote that Girl Scouts are the founding member of an organization that promotes sex education and access to contraception and other sexual and reproductive health services for young people.

“I cannot, in good conscience, honor an organization that supports such policies,” he wrote.