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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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Local council challenges Boy Scouts’ national ban on gay members

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Ryan Andresen
A California teen who spent years in the Boy Scouts completing the requirements to become an Eagle Scout, only to be denied the rank because he's gay, has received new support by the local council's review board to receive Scouting's highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout. [...]

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Gay Eagle Scout charged with murder of man in Alabama trailer park

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Zachary StirewaltBooking photo
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Zachary Stirewalt, a 21-year-old openly gay Eagle Scout and former student at Appalachian State University, has been charged with murder of a man with whom he was staying at the time. [...]

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Booted gay Boy Scout receives $20K scholarship during appearance on ‘Ellen’

Friday, October 12, 2012
Ryan Andresen
LOS ANGELES -- A Moraga, Calif., teen who was kicked out of the Boy Scouts and denied his Eagle award because he is gay, was awarded a $20,000 scholarship from the online photo album company Shutterfly during an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres show on Thursday. [...]

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Boy Scout told he won’t receive his Eagle medal because he is gay

Thursday, October 4, 2012
Ryan Andresen with his Eagle Project, the "Tolerance Wall."Photo courtesy of the Andresen family.
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. -- A 17-year-old high school senior from this hillside area just east of Oakland, Calif., has been told by the Boy Scouts that he is not eligible to be awarded the rank of Eagle Scout because he is gay. [...]

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Six Eagle Scouts return medals in protest of Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
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At least six Eagle Scouts from across the country have return their Eagle Scout medal to the Boy Scouts of America in response to the organization's refusal to reverse its long-standing policy against gay scouts and gay and lesbian scout leaders. [...]

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Eagle Scout renounces rank in protest of Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy

Monday, June 18, 2012
Naka Nathaniel
Naka Nathaniel, a once devoted and proud Eagle Scout, said he is renouncing his rank until the Boy Scouts of America ends its ban on gay scouts and gay and lesbian scout leaders. [...]

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