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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Geoffrey McGrath

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

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

Seattle mayor, city council back ousted gay Scoutmaster

Thursday, April 10, 2014
SEATTLE -- Seattle's mayor and City Council have thrown their support behind a Boys Scouts troop leader in Seattle whose membership in the Boys Scouts of America was revoked last month because he is gay. [ Read more → ]
Geoffrey McGrath

Pro-LGBT church: Boy Scouts violating our religious freedom by ousting gay Scoutmaster

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
SEATTLE -- The pastor of an LGBT-welcoming church says the Boy Scouts of America is infringing on her church's religious freedom in its efforts to oust their openly gay Scoutmaster. [ Read more → ]
Geoffrey McGrath

Gay Scoutmaster refuses to step down, church stands by his decision

Monday, April 7, 2014
SEATTLE -- The Boy Scouts of America may have revoked his membership, but openly gay Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath is continuing his role as a leader with the support of his church. [ Read more → ]
Elaine Thompson, APGeoff McGrath points out an "inclusive scouting" badge worn on his Boy Scout scoutmaster uniform shirt for the Seattle troop he led, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Bellevue, Wash. The Boys Scouts of America has removed McGrath, an openly gay troop leader, after saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation.

Boy Scouts oust first openly gay Scoutmaster since welcoming gay youth

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
SEATTLE -- The Boy Scouts of America on Monday booted an openly gay Scoutmaster, believed to be the first openly gay leader to be ousted since the BSA voted last year to accept openly gay scouts, but maintain a ban on gay and lesbian leaders. [ Read more → ]
LM Otero, AP(From left) Erick Izquierdo, Josiah Spear, 12, and Cole McSorley, 12, look at a Trail Life handbook during a gathering of members in North Richland Hills, Texas. Trail Life USA says it has established units in more than 40 states, mostly from Boy Scouts and parents who feel the century-old organization has lost its way.

For those no longer loyal to Scouts, Trail Life offers a ‘no gays’ alternative

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Chatting in the living room one night, Ron Orr gave his 15-year-old son Andrew a choice: He could stick with the Boy Scouts of America and his mission to become an Eagle Scout, or he could join Trail Life USA — the new Christian-based alternative that excludes openly gay boys. [ Read more → ]
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Walt Disney World ends Boy Scouts grant program due to ban on gay leaders

Thursday, February 27, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Walt Disney World has suspended financial support to local chapters of the Boy Scouts of America over the group's continued ban on openly gay and lesbian adults serving as troop leaders or in any other leadership capacity. [ Read more → ]
Richard W. Rodriguez, AP FILE - Boy Scouts (from  left): Joshua Kusterer, 12, Nach Mitschke, 6, and Wyatt Mitschke, 4, 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.

Boy Scouts’ membership drops after year of policy change

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
DALLAS -- The Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday that it lost 6 percent of its membership after an often-bruising year in which it announced it would accept openly gay boys for the first time, over the objections of some participants who eventually left the organization. [ Read more → ]
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. Tessier, of Maryland, has become one of the first openly gay scouts to reach the highest rank of Eagle, following a policy change to allow gay youth in the Boy Scouts of America.

Md. gay teen achieves Eagle Scout rank under gay-inclusive Boy Scouts

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
CHEVY CHASE, Md. -- Change is coming quickly to the Boy Scouts of America after years of turmoil and debate over its membership policy, with an openly gay 17-year-old in Maryland achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout. [ Read more → ]
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Calif. might bar judges from leading Scouts over ban on gay leaders

Friday, February 7, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO — California's judicial branch is seeking public comment on a proposed rule that would prohibit judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts of America on grounds that the group discriminates against gays. [ Read more → ]
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Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth, but ban on gay adult leaders remains

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
The Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday began accepting openly gay youth, a historic policy change that affects the scouting ranks, however the ban on gay scout leaders remains in effect. [ Read more → ]
Pat Robertson

The year in homophobia: Ten of the worst anti-LGBT stories of 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013
By all accounts, 2013 was a banner year for the gay rights movement: The Supreme Court struck down the worst part of the Defense of Marriage Act, nine new states legalized marriage equality, polls showed Americans backing gay rights in ever-growing numbers, anti-gay crusader Ken Cuccinelli was defeated in his bid to become Virginia’s governor, the Boy Scouts loosened their discriminatory policies, and the “ex-gay” movement began to self-destruct. [ Read more → ]
Elaine Thompson, APBoy Scouts from the Chief Seattle Council carry U.S. flags as they prepare to march in the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Seattle on June 30, 2013.

Boy Scouts of America prepare for historic policy change to allow gay youth

Saturday, December 28, 2013
The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year's Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications — ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades. [ Read more → ]
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Lockheed Martin ends Boy Scouts donations over ban on gay scout leaders

Thursday, December 19, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is halting its donations to the Boy Scouts of America over the organization's ban on gays serving as adult leaders. [ Read more → ]
Robert Gates

Boy Scouts names former Defense Secretary Robert Gates president

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
DALLAS -- Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will serve as the next president of the Boy Scouts of America, taking the helm of a national executive board that remains tangled in controversy over the organization's policies toward gays, BSA announced Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
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United Way chapter cuts funding to Ky. Boy Scouts over gay scout leader ban

Thursday, October 24, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Boy Scouts of America’s continued ban on gay Scout leaders has caused ripple effects in central Kentucky, where a United Way chapter has cut off nearly $100,000 in annual funding to a regional scouting council in response to the national scouting policy. [ Read more → ]
St. Mary's Catholic Church, Altoona, Wis.

Wis. Catholic church reconsiders, will not kick out local Boy Scout troop

Thursday, September 19, 2013
ALTOONA, Wis. — A Boy Scout troop will be able to keep its home base at a Catholic church in Altoona. Catholic leaders have reconsidered a tentative decision to have Troop 90 look elsewhere for a place to meet after the Boy Scouts revised a membership policy to allow openly gay boys to join the scouting program. [ Read more → ]
Ricardo Lara

Calif. bill that would penalize Boy Scouts’ tax exempt status shelved

Thursday, September 12, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A bill to strip the Boy Scouts of America of its tax-exempt status in California because of the organization's refusal to allow gay troop leaders stalled Thursday in the Legislature after failing to garner enough votes to pass. [ Read more → ]
Holy-Trinity

Tampa church evicts Boy Scout troop after 60 years over policy to allow gay youth

Thursday, August 29, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. — A Tampa church has told a Boy Scout troop that it won't renew its sponsorship because of the national organization's decision not to ban openly gay Scouts. [ Read more → ]
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N.C. churches drop Boy Scout charters over policy to allow gay scouts

Monday, August 26, 2013
GASTONIA, N.C. — A handful of churches in North Carolina say they're not renewing their charters with the Boy Scouts of America after the organization announced this year that it would no longer deny membership to openly gay boys. [ Read more → ]
Kevin Swanson (left) and Dave Buehner.

Colo. pastors: Boy Scouts will soon have a ‘sodomy merit badge’

Monday, August 19, 2013
Christian Right talk show hosts Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner, who compared the decision allow openly gay Boy Scouts members to inviting serial killers to teach preschool, told Generations Radio listeners Friday that the youth organization is “finding the very worst [sins] and creating merit badges for them.” [ Read more → ]
Rev. Jerry Prevo

Pastor to gay Scouts: ‘No homosexual will enter the Kingdom of God’

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Three more Boy Scout troops are looking for new meeting spaces after the Christian organizations that help support them have ended their relationships over the national organization's decision to lift its long standing ban on openly gay youth. [ Read more → ]
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Scouting leaders focused on annual Jamboree, not gay vote

Monday, July 15, 2013
GLEN JEAN, W.Va. -- Two months after a vote that accepted openly gay boys as Scouts, officials for the Boy Scouts of America say they've put the issue aside and are focused on their 10-day national Jamboree. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APBoy Scouts are shown marching in the Utah Gay Pride Parade Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Salt Lake City.

Boy Scout leaders chided for marching in Utah pride parade

Saturday, June 15, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- Two Boy Scout leaders have been reprimanded by the organization for marching with several Scouts in the Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake City. [ Read more → ]
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Caterpillar drops support for Boy Scouts over continued ban on gay leaders

Thursday, June 13, 2013
PEORIA, Ill. - Caterpillar Inc. says it will no longer give money to the Boy Scouts of America because the organization doesn't allow homosexuals to serve as adult leaders. [ Read more → ]
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