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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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Seattle mayor, city council back ousted gay Scoutmaster

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Geoff McGrath
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have thrown their support behind a Boys Scouts troop leader in Seattle whose membership in the Boys Scouts of America was revoked last month because he is gay. [...]

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

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Geoffrey McGrath
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. [...]

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

Monday, April 7, 2014
Geoffrey McGrath
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. [...]

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Boy Scouts oust first openly gay Scoutmaster since welcoming gay youth

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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.
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. [...]

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

Saturday, March 1, 2014
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.
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. [...]

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Walt Disney World ends Boy Scouts grant program due to ban on gay leaders

Thursday, February 27, 2014
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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. [...]

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Boy Scouts’ membership drops after year of policy change

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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.
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. [...]

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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.
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. [...]

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Calif. might bar judges from leading Scouts over ban on gay leaders

Friday, February 7, 2014
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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. [...]

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Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth, but ban on gay adult leaders remains

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
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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. [...]

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