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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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End of Boy Scouts’ ban on gays prompts elation and alarm

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Eric Hetland, left, and Chris Zelis, fellow Scouts For Equality - Chicago chapter lead, hold up their applications for assistant scoutmasters before submitting them in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park.
The contrasting reactions followed the BSA national executive board's 45-12 vote on Monday to lift the nationwide ban while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to continue excluding gay adults. ...

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Matt Baume: Are gay leaders a threat to Boy Scouts?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Tony Perkins
Why did the Boy Scouts of America ban LGBT adults in the first place? Matt Baume debunks the flimsy lies that kept the discriminatory policy in place. ...

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Boy Scouts of America: Five reasons we’ve won the battle (but not the war)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Boy Scouts Gays
What instigated this sea change? Here are five key ingredients that helped lift the BSA ban. ...

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It’s Official: Boy Scouts of America end total ban on gay adults

Monday, July 27, 2015
The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that has embroiled the Boy Scouts for years, takes effect immediately. ...

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Here are 13 heart-breaking stories of amazing people thrown out of the Scouts simply for being gay

Monday, July 27, 2015
This weekend, Scouts for Equality have been Tweeting the personal touching stories of men and women who've been fired from the BSA.
Get to know some of the countless men and women who've been fired from the Boy Scouts of America for being gay. ...

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Boy Scouts expected to lift its ban on gay leaders today

Monday, July 27, 2015
The Boy Scouts' membership policy has been increasingly scrutinized in recent years, with prosecutors in New York and Colorado actively investigating the organization's hiring practices.
However, even under this new policy, church-led scouting groups will still be able to limit leadership jobs to heterosexuals. ...

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Scott Walker on the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay leaders

Sunday, July 19, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Says he doesn't know whether being gay is a choice. ...

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Boy Scouts executive committee OKs ending ban on gay leaders

Monday, July 13, 2015
Under the new resolution, local scout units would be able to select adult leaders without regard to sexual orientation.
In a statement Monday, the BSA said the resolution was approved by the 17-member executive committee on Friday, and would become official policy if ratified by the organization's 80-member National Executive Board at a meeting on July 27. ...

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Philadelphia boy scout council affirms policy allowing gay adult leaders

Friday, June 19, 2015
The Cradle of Liberty Council vote Friday bans discrimination based on sexual orientation for scouts, leaders and employees. ...

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Boy Scouts’ leader says ban on gay adults no longer sustainable

Thursday, May 21, 2015
The president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable and called for change in order to prevent "the end of us as ...

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