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Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with 2.7 million youth members and over 1 million adult volunteers. Since its founding in 1910 as part of the international Scout Movement, more than 110 million Americans have been members of the BSA. The Boy Scouts currently prohibits “avowed” gay and lesbian children and adults from participation, citing its principle to be “morally straight.” On May 23, 2013, 61% of the 1,400-member BSA National Council voted to remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation. The resolution will go into effect on January 1, 2014. Scout leaders who are “open and avowed homosexuals” are still prohibited. Gay rights groups hailed the decision, but vowed to press on until all gay members are accepted.

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Clipped Wings: The personal side of the Boy Scouts’ discrimination

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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"Clipped Wings," a short documentary about the discriminatory policies of the Boy Scouts of America, tells the story of Liam Easton-Calabria, a candidate for the rank of Eagle who came out before the Boy Scouts allowed openly gay scouts. The film also follows the story of Geoff McGrath, a Washington state scoutmaster who was ejected from scouting ...

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In historic first, New York-area Boy Scouts to lead iconic NYC Pride March

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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NEW YORK -- A group of active and former Boy Scouts will be among the groups leading the 44th Annual New York City Pride March on Sunday, June 29, the nation's oldest and largest LGBT pride event. New York-area Boy Scouts and members of the Brooklyn Chapter of Scouts for Equality, an organization of Boy Scouts alumni dedicated to ...

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Holder: Boy Scouts’ ban on gay adults ‘perpetuates worst kind of stereotypes’

| Tuesday, June 10, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday took aim at the Boy Scouts of America, saying it's refusal to allow gay and lesbian adults to serve as scout leaders "perpetuates the worst kind of stereotypes." In remarks at an event hosted by Lambda Legal, Holder called the ban "a relic of an age of prejudice and insufficient understanding."

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Gates: Would have allowed gay Scout leaders, refuses to change policy now

| Friday, May 23, 2014
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DALLAS — Robert Gates, the new president of the Boy Scouts of America, said Friday that he would have moved last year to allow openly gay adults in the organization — a step further than the Scouts ultimately took — but said he opposes any further attempts to address the policy now.

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Boy Scout membership up in Utah since ranks opened to gay youth

| Friday, May 23, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY — Membership in the Boy Scouts of America is up in Utah since its ranks were opened to gay youths a year ago.

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Boy Scouts formally confirm Robert Gates as its new president

| Thursday, May 22, 2014
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DALLAS -- Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates was confirmed Thursday as the Boy Scouts of America's new president, taking over one of the nation's largest youth organizations as it fights a membership decline and debates its policy toward gays.

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Gay Eagle Scout, ousted Scout leader urge Amazon to end Boy Scouts support

| Wednesday, May 21, 2014
[cap]Openly gay Eagle Scout Pascal Tessier, delivered more than 125,000 signatures from his Change.org petition urging Amazon.com to suspend donations to the Boy Scouts of America, until the Boy Scouts lifts its ban on gay leaders. (GLAAD)
SEATTLE, Wash. -- A Maryland teen, who earlier this year became the openly gay scout awarded the highest rank of Eagle Scout, was in Seattle on Wednesday to deliver more than 125,000 signatures from his Change.org petition urging Amazon.com to suspend donations to the Boy Scouts of America until it lifts its ban on gay and lesbian leaders.

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Twin brothers’ Eagle Scout awards overshadowed by anti-gay policy

| Monday, May 5, 2014
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SEATTLE - Twin brothers Liam and August Easton-Calabria are alike in many ways, having been Boy Scouts since they were 11 years old. In fact, the pair is identical right down to their twenty-two merit badges, and on Sunday, the brothers earned the coveted Eagle Award.

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Facebook status outs gay Eagle Scout, ends leadership opportunities

| Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Garrett Bryant
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- For 19-year-old Garrett Bryant, a Boy Scout since he was a small boy, summers meant Boy Scout Camps, and this year, a job to help pay his college tuition -- that is, until a "relationship" status on Facebook forever altered his plans and his affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America.

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Boy Scouts revokes church charter for refusing to oust openly gay Scoutmaster

| Monday, April 21, 2014
Geoffrey McGrath
SEATTLE -- The Boy Scouts of America said it has revoked a Seattle-area church's charter because its troop leader is openly gay.

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