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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Robertson: Gays will ‘destroy’ Boy Scouts to ‘accommodate kids who want sex with each other’

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Pat Robertson says that it “breaks your heart” to see the Boy Scouts “torn up in order to accommodate a few kids who want to do sex with each other. It just boggles the mind.” [ Read more → ]
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Two more Ky. churches to cut ties with Boy Scouts over gay youth policy

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. — Two more churches in central Kentucky say they are cutting ties with the Boy Scouts of America over the organization's decision to allow gay youth. [ Read more → ]

The Boy Scouts of America and the irreverent churches

Friday, May 31, 2013
And so it begins -- the abandonment of the Boy Scouts of America by churches of the Southern Baptist persuasion, for the lifting of the longtime national ban on admitting openly gay Scouts. At the end of the day, who really suffers here? The Southern Baptist Convention? The Assemblies of God? The Southeast Christian Church? No, of course not. These churches will continue to preach their version of the Bible and continue to discriminate and alienate. And they will do it all in the name of their so-called “loving” God. [ Read more → ]

Perry says Boy Scouts will answer to God; Gohmert warns of pedophilia

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Rick Perry, who has equated the fight against gays in the Boy Scouts to the fight to abolish slavery, told Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council on Friday’s edition of Washington Watch that the Boy Scouts of America’s delegates bowed to “political correctness” and “money” in ending the ban on gay members under the age of 18. [ Read more → ]

Calif. Senate OKs change in tax policy targeting Boy Scouts’ ban on gay adults

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California state Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would use the state's tax policy in an attempt to pressure the Boy Scouts of America into fully accepting gay members. [ Read more → ]
Pastor Greg Walker

Ala. pastors ban Boy Scouts from church over support of ‘sinful lifestyle’

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Some Alabama pastors say Boy Scout troops will no longer be allowed to meet in their churches after the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow openly gay scout members. [ Read more → ]

Boy Scout councils weigh options as fallout continues over repeal of gay ban

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
DALLAS -- Fallout continues after the Boy Scouts of America voted last week to open its ranks to openly gay youth. [ Read more → ]

‘Thank you for standing up for me’

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Last week, the Boy Scouts of America took its first step in ending decades of wrongs against its own youth members, myself once included. When I was fourteen years old, I was faced with an impossible, scary and irrational choice: “If you choose to live that lifestyle, you’re choosing not to be a Boy Scout.” My dismissal from Boy Scouts was the very first time I was forced to stare down outright discrimination. It came at an all-too-young age... [ Read more → ]

Bryan Fischer: The Boy Scouts are now the ‘Boy Sodomizers of America’

Friday, May 24, 2013
On his radio program Friday, American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer weighed in on Thursday’s decision by the Boy Scouts of America to drop its ban on gay scouts. [ Read more → ]
Eric Gay, AP

After vote to repeal ban on gay youth, Boy Scouts face more turmoil

Friday, May 24, 2013
The Boy Scouts of America will get no reprieve from controversy after a contentious vote to accept openly gay boys as Scouts. Dismayed conservatives are already looking at alternative youth groups as they predict a mass exodus from the BSA. Gay-rights supporters vowed Friday to... [ Read more → ]
James Dale

N.J. man who sued Boy Scouts over gay ban says change falls short

Friday, May 24, 2013
NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey man who first challenged the Boy Scouts' ban on gay members says a new policy allowing gay scouts but barring "open or avowed" homosexual adult leaders is "convoluted." [ Read more → ]

Boy Scouts, Mormon Church bond remains intact with policy change

Friday, May 24, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — When the Boy Scouts of America began a discussion earlier this year about lifting its ban on gays, some speculated it could lead to the severing of ties with the Mormon church that goes back 100 years. [ Read more → ]
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BREAKING: Boy Scouts of America votes to rescind policy banning openly gay scouts

Thursday, May 23, 2013
BREAKING: The Boy Scouts of America has voted to rescind its policy banning openly gay scouts. The ban on openly gay and lesbian scout leaders remains. Developing story, check back for updates. [ Read more → ]
Eagle Scouts James and Will Oliver and supporters deliver petitions to Boy Scout headquarters in Dallas on Feb. 4, calling for an end to the Scouts' anti-gay policies.Photo: Tony Gutierrez, AP

Boy Scouts to vote soon on whether to accept gay youth

Saturday, May 18, 2013
With its ranks deeply divided, the Boy Scouts of America is asking its local leaders from across the country to decide whether its controversial membership policy should be overhauled so that openly gay boys can participate in Scout units. [ Read more → ]

Matt Barber tweets homophobic cartoon of gay man tricking Boy Scout into sex

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
As one of the most nasty and mean-spirited figures of the Religious Right, it was no surprise to see Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel tweet this cartoon implying that a gay Boy Scout troop leader would sexually assault his scouts: [ Read more → ]

Two Tenn. Scout groups say they’re against proposal to allow gay scouts

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two Boy Scouts councils in Tennessee said Tuesday they will not support a proposal to partially lift the group's long-standing exclusion of gays. [ Read more → ]

Rick Perry urges Boy Scouts to oppose gay ‘pop culture’ like Sam Houston resisted slavery

Monday, May 6, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) appeared in the Family Research Council’s “Stand With Scouts Sunday” webcast last night where he told FRC president Tony Perkins that the Boy Scouts of America must resist those trying to “tear apart” the organization’s values and replace them with the “flavor of the month”—homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
The city-owned Boy Scouts headquarters in Philadelphia.

Boy Scouts to vacate Philadelphia home under settlement over anti-gay policy

Saturday, May 4, 2013
PHILADELPHIA — A Boy Scouts of America group will vacate its city-owned Philadelphia headquarters in return for $825,000 under an agreement that settles a long legal battle over the organization's ban on gays, Mayor Michael Nutter's office said Friday. [ Read more → ]

The Mormon Church’s support for gay boy scouts is no surprise at all

Saturday, May 4, 2013
The Mormon church surprised many last week with its announcement supporting the proposed Boy Scout policy allowing gay scouts but not gay leaders. Having spent most of my life as a Mormon and having served in its local leadership, I wasn’t surprised at all. Here’s why. Though not true until relatively recently, the Mormon church does allow gay people to be members and even to have some local leadership jobs, as long as they stay strictly celibate... [ Read more → ]
Jennifer Tyrrell, a volunteer den mother to her son’s Cub Scout chapter was ousted last year because she is gay.

Mormon Church says it’s pleased with Scouts’ continued ban on gay leaders

Thursday, April 25, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church says it welcomes the Boy Scouts of America's latest proposal to lift the gay ban for youth members but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders. [ Read more → ]

Los Angeles scout leaders: No good choice in new gay scouting proposal

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles scout leaders say the Boy Scouts of America's proposal to lift the ban for gay youth members, but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders, does not go far enough. [ Read more → ]

Boy Scouts proposes to lift gay ban for youth, but not scout leaders

Friday, April 19, 2013
NEW YORK — Under pressure over its longstanding ban on gays, the Boys Scouts of America is proposing to lift the ban for youth members but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders. [ Read more → ]
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What happens when a son tells his gay dad, ‘I want to become a Boy Scout’?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
I really don’t know why I can’t seem to see these things coming. I blog about them. I write about prejudices, I have argued with countless anti-gay people, and I have diligently parented to the best of my ability. And yet, these situations emerge and again, I am caught like the proverbial deer in the headlights, unsure which path to take, and positive that all choices lead to certain destruction... [ Read more → ]

Navigators USA: Inclusive scouting alternative welcomes all

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
While the Boy Scouts of America wrestles with declining memberships and whether to rescind its long-standing policy against gay scouts and gay and lesbian scout leaders, one "all welcoming" scouting organization says it's seeing a boost in enrollment from parents and kids looking for a more inclusive alternative. [ Read more → ]

Calif. bill aimed at Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy clears first hurdle

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO — A bill aimed at pressuring the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gay members by making the organization ineligible for nonprofit tax breaks cleared its first vote on Wednesday in the California Legislature. [ Read more → ]
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