The Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) controversial decision to admit openly gay youths isn't sitting too well with Pat Robertson.
On "The 700 Club," the conservative televangelist said the Boy Scouts's ruling "boggles the mind," according to Right Wing Watch.
Blaming Hollywood and the "liberal media" for promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, Robertson added, "It breaks your heart to see the Boy Scouts...torn up in order to accommodate a few kids that want to do sex with each other."
Of course, it isn't the first time Robertson has decried the possibility of openly gay Boy Scouts. Earlier this year, he wondered aloud if permitting gay Scouts to join the BSA would also open the door to "predators" and "pedophiles."
The BSA's removal of sexual orientation as youth membership criterion has angered a number of other conservative lawmakers and pundits. Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) said he was "greatly disappointed" by the decision, while the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer has suggested the presence of gay Scouts will create "sexual tension" on troop camping trips.
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Tyrrell's supporters present a petition with over 275,000 signatures to the Boy Scouts during the organization's annual Florida meeting. On hand to deliver the petition was Zach Wahls, the Iowa-based student whose impassioned pro-marriage equality speech became YouTube's most-watched political clip of 2011 after going viral in the blogosphere twice. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/30/zach-wahls-boy-scouts-jennifer-tyrrell-lesbian-den-mom_n_1556395.html" target="_blank">Read the full story here</a>.
Boy Scouts officials say they will review a resolution that would allow individual units to accept gays as adult leaders, but a spokesman says there's no expectation that the ban on gay leaders will in fact be lifted anytime soon, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/06/boy-scouts-to-review-ban-_n_1575694.html" target="_blank">the Associated Press reports</a>.
After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America reaffirms its policy of excluding gays, citing support from parents as a key reason for keeping the policy and expressing hope that the prolonged debate over it might now subside, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/17/boy-scouts-gay-ban_n_1679854.html" target="_blank">according to the Associated Press</a>.
A mother of a gay teen says her son was denied his Eagle Scout award because of his sexuality. “I want everyone to know that [the Eagle award] should be based on accomplishment, not your sexual orientation. Ryan entered Scouts when he was  years old and in no way knew what he was," the teen's mom tells NBC. "I think right now the Scoutmaster is sending Ryan the message that he’s not a valued human being and I want Ryan to know that he is valued…and that people care about him.” <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/ryan-andresen-gay-teen-eagle-scout-award-sexuality-moraga-california_n_1940939.html" target="_blank">Read the full story here</a>.
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A Maryland-based Cub Scout backs down on its non-discriminatory pledge toward gay participants after pressure from its regional council. As Mother Jones reported, Pack 442 of Cloverly, Md. had "anonymously voted and overwhelmingly approved" to adopt a non-discrimination statement, which declared that the group would not discriminate "against any individual or family based on race, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/27/boy-scout-pack-drops-gay-_n_2561605.html" target="_blank">Read the full story here</a>.
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President Barack Obama declares that gays should be allowed in the Boy Scouts and women should be allowed in military combat roles, according to the Associated Press. The president's comments come in a pre-Super Bowl interview on CBS. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/03/obama-boy-scouts_n_2612620.html" target="_blank">Read the full story here</a>.
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The Boy Scouts survey 1.1. million adult members over a potential change in policy. The survey reportedly allows adult Scouts to indicate a range of feelings, from strong support to strong opposition to the ban on gays, according to the Associated Press. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/13/boy-scouts-gay-survey-_n_2867012.html" target="_blank">Click here to read the full story</a>.
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