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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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Despite gay leaders, Mormons stay affiliated with Boy Scouts

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The church "will appoint Scout leaders and volunteers who uphold and exemplify church doctrine, values, and standards," Mormon leaders said in the statement.
Church leaders decided to stay with the Boy Scouts -- but only after getting assurances they can appoint troop leaders according to their own religious values. ...

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“Gays and pedophiles are possessed by different demons”

Monday, August 24, 2015
Gordon Klingenschmitt
Gordon Klingenschmitt insists he never suggested gay scoutmasters should be drowned at sea. ...

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Linda Harvey: Gays are leading America to “a very dark and black place”

Monday, August 17, 2015
Linda Harvey
"They’re parading down our streets... and you can see what they’re parading -- it’s horrendous." ...

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Church drops Boy Scouts over gay leadership decision

Sunday, August 9, 2015
The church "will appoint Scout leaders and volunteers who uphold and exemplify church doctrine, values, and standards," Mormon leaders said in the statement.
The Presbyterian church is dropping its nearly 50-year association with the organization. ...

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Bismarck Bishop: “Parishes, break all ties with the Boy Scouts!”

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
BIshop David Kagan
His brutal decision affects eight Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs. ...

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Utah group to start Boy Scout troop that welcomes gay leaders

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Organizers plan to complete an application in the coming weeks and are hoping to have a troop up and running by the fall.
But getting it approved and running may be an uphill battle in the conservative state. ...

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Antigay Colorado Rep Calls Twice-Convicted Child Molester His “New Friend”

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Colorado state representative Gordon Klingenschmitt,
Last week, Klingenschmitt had intimated that lifting the ban on gay Boy Scout leaders would "lead to child abuse." ...

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Group that backed gay marriage challenge to sponsor Scouts

Monday, August 3, 2015
Mark Lawrence says the troop will be open to all Scouts and leaders.
Mark Lawrence of Restore Our Humanity says his organization is working on an application for a troop charter and hopes to get it approved by the Scouts this fall. ...

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Mormons may create alternative scouting organization

Thursday, July 30, 2015
The BSA's decision to lift the ban on gay leaders may motivate the LDS Church to sever ties with the organization.
Were the church to follow through, it could financially impact the BSA quite dramatically, as the LDS is the organization's largest Scouting sponsor. ...

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Gordon Klingenschmitt: Adult scout leaders will lead to child abuse

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
"If your boy is in one of those organizations," Gordon Klingenschmitt said, "you need to get them out of there."
The children are in danger," he says. ...

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