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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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New York attorney general warns Boy Scouts on state laws prohibiting discrimination

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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New York's attorney general's office wrote this week to the Boy Scouts of America nationally, advising that state and city laws prohibit hiring discrimination based on sexual orientation. [...]

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N.Y. Boy Scouts council hires gay Eagle Scout despite national ban on openly gay adults

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Luis M. Alvarez, APPascal Tessier, left, a gay Boy Scout, receives his Eagle Scout badge from Troop 52 Scoutmaster Don Beckham, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Chevy Chase, Md.
The Boy Scouts' New York chapter has hired the nation's first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader in public contrast to the national scouting organization's ban on openly gay adult members. [...]

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Utah House vote on LGBT anti‑discrimination bill pushed to Tuesday

Monday, March 9, 2015
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The bill protects gay and transgender people from discrimination in housing and employment, but religious organizations and their affiliates such as schools and hospitals are exempt. [...]

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Utah LGBT non‑discrimination bill exempts Boy Scouts, religious groups

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
The proposal unveiled in the heavily Mormon state prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in the areas of housing and employment. [...]

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Some California judges with ties to Boy Scouts question ban

Monday, January 26, 2015
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The California Supreme Court's unanimous decision to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts and other youth groups that discriminate against gays comes against the wishes of some jurists with ties to scouting. [...]

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California bars judges from joining Boy Scouts due to anti-gay discrimination

Saturday, January 24, 2015
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California's Supreme Court voted Friday to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts on grounds that the group discriminates against gays. [...]

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Boy Scouts membership falls 7 percent last year, continuing decade-long decline

Friday, January 16, 2015
Boy Scouts (from  left): Joshua Kusterer, Nach Mitschke and Wyatt Mitschke salute as they recite the pledge of allegiance during the “Save Our Scouts” prayer vigil and rally on Feb. 6, 2013, outside the Boy Scouts of America National Headquarters in Dallas, Texas, in opposition to openly gay scouts.
Last year was also the first full year the Texas-based organization was open to openly gay youth, a compromise approved by its national leadership in 2013. But the organization still excludes openly gay adult volunteers. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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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 [...]

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