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Boy Scouts Betray Gay Kids and the Scout Oath

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 04.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

The announcement that the Boy Scouts of America "need more time" to make a decision about ending discrimination against gay scouts and leaders is deeply disappointing.

Religious Sponsors Loom Large In Boy Scouts' Policy Debate

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 02.07.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The decision by Boy Scouts of America to postpone any change in policy about gay membership was fueled by an "outpouring of feedback." Much of t...

Afternoon Links, Boy Scouts Edition

Lila Shapiro | Posted 04.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Lila Shapiro

-- The Boy Scouts of America announced today that it would delay a vote on a controversial policy banning openly gay scouts and troop leaders. "Aft...

'Loyal And Obedient': Boy Scouts Must Evolve To Inspire New Generation

Kurt Neumann | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion
Kurt Neumann

Two years ago, my 11-year-old nephew asked me, "Uncle Kurt, where you ever in Scouts?" I replied, "I'm an Eagle Scout like your Dad." His eyes lit up and replied, "Really?" I replied, "Yes, and I'm proud of it." But as he becomes more involved, I can't be involved anymore. The singular reason: I am gay.

Boy Scouts Postpone Gay Policy Decision

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT and DAVID CRARY | Posted 04.08.2013 | Gay Voices

IRVING, Texas — Caught in an ideological crossfire, the Boy Scouts of America is putting off until May a decision on whether to ease its policy ...

Bad News for the Right: There Already Are Gays in the Boy Scouts

Drew Courtney | Posted 04.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Drew Courtney

Regardless of its history of discrimination, it turns out that Scouting has equipped a growing cadre of gay men with the integrity to stand up for equality, and equipped our straight brothers with the loyalty to take a vocal role in the fight.

Boy Scouts Of America Show Lack Of Leadership

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 04.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Kelsey Timmerman

When I called Boy Scouts of America, an organization that prides itself on molding leaders, to have a conversation about their anti-gay policies, I got hung up on. That's not leadership.

Robertson Makes Shocking Comments About Boy Scouts

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 02.06.2013 | Religion

"700 Club" host Pat Robertson made some controversial comments about the future of the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday. As the board of the Boy S...

Obama Urges Boy Scouts to End Ban on Gays -- President Should Take More Action

Steve Siebold | Posted 04.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

Barack Obama, like every other person elected to the presidency serves as the honorary president of the Boy Scouts.

Rick Santorum: Boy Scouts Shouldn't Allow Gays

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum has long spoken out against gay rights, a moral standpoint he believes must apply to the Boy Scouts of Ame...

Why Boy Scouts Should Be As Inclusive As My Church

Glenn Blackmon | Posted 04.06.2013 | Religion
Glenn Blackmon

We'll gladly take scouting warts and all, but we look forward to the day when our troop can express as generous a welcome to LGBT families as our congregation does.

WATCH: Zach Wahls Slams Boy Scouts' Anti-Gay Policy, Right Wing Pundit

Posted 02.04.2013 | Gay Voices

The Iowa student whose impassioned marriage equality plea became YouTube's most-watched political video of 2011 after going viral twice sounded off on...

Afternoon Links: Gay Marriage Marches And The Boy Scouts

Lila Shapiro | Posted 04.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Lila Shapiro

-- Forces on both sides are gathering momentum as they prepare for the Supreme Court's hearing on same-sex marriage this March. Same sex marriage sup...

Emily Swanson

Poll Reveals What Americans Think About Boy Scouts' Gay Ban

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 02.04.2013 | Gay Voices

Following on the heels of a Boy Scouts of America announcement that the group is reconsidering its longtime ban on gay members, a plurality of America...

Obama: Boy Scouts Should Allow Gays As Members

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Sunday that gays should be allowed in the Boy Scouts and women should be allowed in military combat roles, w...

Rick Perry Sounds Off On Boy Scout's Gay Controversy

AP | By WILL WEISSERT | Posted 04.04.2013 | Gay Voices

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry said emphatically Saturday that the Boy Scouts of America shouldn't soften its strict no-gays membership ...

Allowing Gay Boy Scouts Will Create 'Sexual Tension' On Camping Trips, Pundit Claims

Posted 01.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Bryan Fischer isn't taking news of the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) decision to rethink their longstanding anti-gay policy lightly. The American ...

Scouting Tolerance

Rek LeCounte | Posted 04.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Rek LeCounte

If the Boy Scouts decide to shed their national requirement to exclude gays, there will not necessarily be a sudden, massive change-of-heart within the ranks. What will matter is that fewer members will be rejected for being who they are.

Boy Scouts Rattled By Sex Abuse Lawsuit

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 04.01.2013 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- A California man sued a regional Boy Scouts council on Wednesday, alleging he was sexually abused by his scout leader more than 30 ye...

No Change For Boy Scouts Rule On Atheists

Religion News Service | Brian Shane and Mike Chalmers | Posted 01.29.2013 | Religion

(RNS) For former scoutmaster Richard Guglielmetti, the Boy Scouts of America's reconsideration of its ban on gay scouts and leaders is long overdue. ...

WATCH: Bryan Fischer Hurls Horrific Anti-Gay Rant At The Boy Scouts

Posted 01.29.2013 | Gay Voices

In what just might be the week's least surprising (but nonetheless infuriating) news, the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer slammed the Boy ...

Religious Right, Anti-Gay Pundits Slam Boy Scouts' Potential Policy Shift

Posted 01.27.2014 | Gay Voices

It seems not everyone is pleased by the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) decision to re-consider its controversial ban on gay participants. A number ...

A Queer Pastor Prays For The Boy Scouts

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

While the Boy Scouts trust that I have the moral fitness to determine the moral fitness of others, they do not trust that I have the moral fitness to be a Scout leader myself. The reason, simply, is because I am gay.

Boy Scouts Consider Dropping Gay Ban: Report

Posted 01.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Just days after a Maryland-based Cub Scout pack was forced to back down on a non-discriminatory pledge because of a reference to sexual orientation, t...

Boy Scout Group Drops Gay-Inclusive Pledge After Threats From Regional Council

Posted 01.28.2013 | Gay Voices

A Maryland-based Cub Scout pack has backed down on its non-discriminatory pledge toward gay participants after pressure from its regional council. ...