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Has The Boy Scouts' Gay Vote Had Any Impact?

AP | JOHN RABY | Posted 07.16.2013 | Gay Voices

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. -- Two months after a vote that accepted openly gay boys as Scouts, officials for the Boy Scouts of America say they've put the issue...

Continuing West Virginia's Tradition of Public Service During the National Scout Jamboree

Sen. Jay Rockefeller | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Sen. Jay Rockefeller

What does public service and giving back mean to you? For the people of West Virginia, public service and giving back is a way of life.

Group To Launch Alternative To Boy Scouts

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 07.10.2013 | Religion

(RNS) A fledgling organization that opposed the Boys Scouts of America’s decision to accept openly gay Scouts announced Tuesday (July 9) it will lau...

My Hero, Stephen

Bill Marriott | Posted 08.25.2013 | DC
Bill Marriott

No parent should have to see their child die, and those who do are members of a club that no one wants to belong to. Donna and I lost our dear son, Stephen, this week at the age of 54.

Christians Need To Face It: We're All Gay

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.15.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

If all it takes to be seduced over to the gay "dark side" is to earn a merit badge together, certainly we are all susceptible to the gay mojo. So I guess it's time for us to face the facts.

Making a Difference: The World of Giving on Father's Day

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 08.14.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Each day dads are investing money, time and skills in their own kids and the community as a whole, making them a paradigm of philanthropy. So why not honor your dad for the positive impact he is making in your life and the lives of those around you by giving back?

Caterpillar Stops Supporting Boy Scouts Due To Gay Ban

AP | DAVID MERCER | Posted 08.13.2013 | Gay Voices

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Caterpillar Inc. is no longer giving money to the Boy Scouts because the organization discriminates against homosexuals, a spo...

Boy Scouts 'Torn Up' For Gay Kids Who Want To 'Do Sex' With Each Other, Pundit Claims

Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices

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," ...

Boy Scout Hike Turns Deadly

AP | Posted 08.09.2013 | Crime

BOULDER CITY, Nev. — Authorities say a 69-year-old man died and another man and four Boy Scouts were rescued after they all suffered from heat-r...

Churches Move To Cut Ties To Scouts After Gay Policy Change

Posted 06.05.2013 | Religion

By Bob Smietana USA Today (RNS) For the Rev. Ernest Easley, the decision to cut ties with the Boy Scouts was simple. The Bible says homosexual...

The Boy Scouts, Gay Youth And Catholic Teaching

John Gehring | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion
John Gehring

It's hard to preach "Good News" when you're making news for fighting the wrong battles. At a time when Pope Francis is breathing new life into the church with his humility and inclusive posture, U.S. bishops should take a cue from Rome.

How Bringing Equality to Boy Scouts Has Strengthened Our Family

Jennifer Tyrrell | Posted 08.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Tyrrell

In April of 2012 I was forced to resign as my son's Den Leader in The Boy Scouts of America because I am gay. Refusing to back down, my partner and I teamed up with GLAAD, launched a petition and unknowingly set out on a journey that would forever change our lives.

Scouts Prepare For Change

Times-Herald, Vallejo, Calif. | Tony Burchyns | Posted 08.02.2013 | San Francisco

For many local Boy Scout leaders, lifting the ban on admitting openly gay boys as Scouts felt like the right thing to do. But moving forward could ha...

Catholic Leaders Urge Support For Boy Scouts After Shift On Gays

Posted 05.31.2013 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service (RNS) The U.S. Catholic Church’s top liaison to the Boy Scouts of America is telling Catholic Scout leade...

Aaron Sankin

Boy Scouts May Lose Nonprofit Status In Major State | Aaron Sankin | Posted 05.30.2013 | San Francisco

The California State Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would strip the Boy Scouts of nonprofit status in California because of the group's anti-g...

Faulty Heuristics Govern BSA's Decision on Gays

Deborah Plummer | Posted 07.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Deborah Plummer

Ultimately, the Boy Scouts of America is a private organization and has the right to define its own membership. However, they should be very careful about defining moral behavior as synonymous with a heterosexual orientation and banning gay adult leaders.

Alabama Pastor Won't Host Boy Scouts In The Wake Of Gay Policy Amendment

Posted 05.29.2013 | Gay Voices

The Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) decision to lift its controversial ban on gay youth participants has received praise and criticism in equal measure,...

A Gay Dad On The Landmark Boy Scouts Decision: 'It's A Hollow Victory'

ivillagelogo | Posted 05.28.2013 | Parents

Written by Erik Botsford for iVillage Over Memorial Day weekend, I spent a drizzly, grey morning on a hike in the woods of Western Massachusetts wi...

Why the Safest Scoutmasters Are Out Scoutmasters

Mark Olmsted | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Olmsted

The last thing a pedophile would admit to voluntarily is being attracted to boys, but a scoutmaster who has declared himself openly gay is the antithesis of a liar. If you want to guarantee that you're not hiring a pedophile, the answer you should be looking for to "are you a homosexual?" is "yes."

Boy Scouts Got Mormon Support To Drop Gay Ban For Shocking Reason, Says Pundit

Posted 05.28.2013 | Gay Voices

The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer suggested the Boy Scouts of America be re-named the "Boy Sodomizers of America" after the organization...

A ‘Mass Exodus' Of Religious Groups From The Scouts?

Posted 05.25.2013 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) Now that Boy Scout delegates have taken their long-awaited vote and permitted openly gay Scouts, wi...

Friday Talking Points -- Pivoting To Other News

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Some weeks, not much happens in political news, and other weeks it seems like almost too much happens. This was one of the latter types of week.

Yes, the Boy Scouts' Decision Is a Victory

John Becker | Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices
John Becker

I thought it would be self-evident that the end of a 103-year-old ban on gay youth in a group that's a cultural touchstone of American life is something to applaud, affirm and even celebrate. Judging by the reaction from some members of the LGBT community, though, it appears I was wrong.

An Eagle Scout Turns In His Badge

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Cindi Love

A few months ago, a young adult friend of mine called me to tell me that he had returned his Eagle Scout badge because he could no longer support an organization that rejected gay scouts and gay troop leaders. He just wanted me, the mom of a gay son, to know that.

So It Ain't Perfect, But the BSA Stood With the Angels on Thursday

Michael Lindenberger | Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Lindenberger

BSA's has decided to alter its long-standing position about gays in Scouting. Yesterday was a momentous day. Here are some of the thoughts that this gay former scout had: