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Catholics Respond To Proposed Boy Scouts Gay Policy Change

Posted 05.17.2013 | Religion

By Aaron Schrank Religion News Service (RNS) Paul Sefranek is a lifelong Roman Catholic and a long-serving volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America...

LOOK: Right-Wing Pundit Links Gays With Pedophiles In Boy Scout Illustration

Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices

A controversial Christian radio host summed up his stance on the Boy Scouts of America's controversial anti-gay policy with a single image. The Li...

Church-Based Boy Scouts Alternatives Attract Interest

Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) They have pledges. They have merit badges. And they may go camping. But they’re not the Boy Sc...

For Boy Scouts, Last Chance to Drop the Ban

Richard L. Lobb | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Richard L. Lobb

Every Boy Scout memorizes the Scout Oath, which requires him to be "morally straight." The Boy Scout Handbook says this means, among other things, that he should "respect and defend the rights of all people." It doesn't add, "unless they are gay."

Support For Gay Marriage, Ending Boy Scout Ban On Gays Surges In U.S.

Posted 05.09.2013 | Gay Voices

Support for gay rights -- from ending the controversial ban on gay participants in Boy Scouts to legalizing same-sex marriage -- is surging throughout...

Perry Urges Scouts To Resist 'Flavor Of The Month' Pro-Gay Views

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) continued to speak out against a potential change in the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy, urging the group not to be...

LOOK: Father-Son Soldier Duo Hits The Road To End Boy Scouts' Gay Ban

Posted 04.29.2013 | Gay Voices

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have yet to make a final decision on whether to amend their controversial ban on gay participants, but that hasn't sto...

The 13th Point Of The Scout Law

Levi A. Miles | Posted 06.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Levi A. Miles

I am a Boy Scout. As a matter of fact, I'm an Eagle Scout. And yet I cannot continue to serve the organization that played a large part in shaping who I am today. Why? Because of whom I love, which apparently negates the values that were ingrained in me during my years of scouting.

Mormon Church Responds To Boy Scouts' Controversial Gay Proposal

AP | BRADY McCOMBS | Posted 04.26.2013 | Gay Voices

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Mormon church has given its blessing to the Boy Scouts of America on its latest proposal to lift the gay ban for youth members b...

WATCH: CNN Anchor Takes Down Anti-Gay Activist

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 04.26.2013 | Gay Voices

We bet John Stemberger probably didn't know what he was getting into when he joined CNN earlier this week to discuss the Boy Scouts' ban on gay member...

The Real Reason For The Boy Scouts' Ban On Gay Scout Leaders?

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 06.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Phillip M. Miner

After the latest Boy Scouts news, it dawned on me that there might be something fundamentally different about straight men's sexuality. I'm not talking about the whole being-sexually-attracted-to-women thing. I'm talking about some darker, more shameful secret that no one ever mentions.

WATCH: Gay Comedians Do Something Amazing For Boy Scouts

Posted 04.22.2013 | Comedy

Todd Bieber, UCB Comedy's Director of Content and Production, was very troubled by the controversy surrounding the Boy Scouts of America's troubling r...

Boy Scouts Of America: Another Compromise Set Up For Failure

Tom Carpenter | Posted 06.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Carpenter

The reaction from both sides of the issue suggests that the recommended policy change, allowing openly gay members but keeping a ban on gay adult leaders, was likely doomed for failure the moment it was announced.

Listen Up, Boy Scouts: Gays Aren't Pedophiles, And Pedophiles Aren't Idiots

Wayne Self | Posted 06.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Self

Presumably, the Boy Scouts still believe that they must protect their charges from us scary adult gay men. And it's not just a concern about potential attraction. If it were, they'd also ban heterosexual women from being den mothers. It's a concern that we are predators.

How Boy Scout Bigotry Affected My Family

Rob Watson | Posted 06.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

I felt violated, because the spirit of Boy Scout bigotry had descended on my home, forcing me to explain to my son that I am not as universally loved as he supposed. This is a state of affairs that my sons had been blissfully unaware of... until now.

More BS From the BSA

Frank Bua | Posted 06.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Frank Bua

There may not be an Electoral College for public opinion, but don't insult our intelligence. The Scouts have not had some kind of homosexual epiphany; the only reason they are having this public conversation is because of the monumental pressure that has rained down on them like an unrelenting avalanche.

The Boy Scouts: Still Anti-Gay And Sending A Dangerous Message To Youth

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 06.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

So a boy can come out as gay, be a great scout and be accepted by the organization but not even think about being a scoutmaster as an adult? And how can a gay scout feel that he is not stigmatized by the Boy Scouts of America when the organization is still discriminating against gay adults?

Boy Scouts' Gay Ban To Be Dropped For Youth, But Not Adults: Report

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 06.19.2013 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK — Searching for compromise on a divisive issue, the Boy Scouts of America is proposing to partially lift its long-standing exclusion of...

Boy Scouts To End Gay Ban: Spokesperson

Reuters | Posted 06.19.2013 | Gay Voices

By Atossa Araxia Abrahamian NEW YORK, April 19 (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America called to end a long-standing ban on openly gay m...

Tax Bill Targeting Boy Scouts' Anti-Gay Policy Passes

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 06.10.2013 | Gay Voices

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 no...

May Dreamworks Get It Right

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Word is that Dreamworks, a sub-studio of Disney, is about to make a movie on the Boston Globe's January 2002 investigative report on pedophilia and the Archdiocese of Boston. If Dreamworks practices moviemaking artfully, then grace might shine through.

Real Talk: Why We Shouldn't Have Asked Train and Carly Rae Jepsen to Pull Out of the BSA Jamboree

Rob Smith | Posted 06.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

Within the past week, all of this energy has culminated in the relentless pressure being put on musicians Train and Carly Rae Jepsen by gay bloggers, journalists, and LGBT rights organizations to pull out of their performance duties at the annual Boy Scout's Jamboree.

Could A New Tax Bill Target The Boy Scouts' Gay Policy?

AP | Posted 06.09.2013 | Gay Voices

SAN FRANCISCO — California lawmakers are considering making the Boy Scouts of America and other youth groups that do not accept gay, transgender...

'Discreet' Gay Boy Scouts Are Already Allowed, So Don't Change National Policy, Group Claims

Posted 04.03.2013 | Gay Voices

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) aren't slated to make a decision regarding their controversial policy on gay participants until May, but that hasn't s...

Rick Perry Blasts Madonna's Protest Against Boy Scouts' No Gay Policy

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) is upset with Madonna for her recent protest against the Boy Scouts' ban on gay members and leaders, calling her comment...