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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 | 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. ...

Boy Scout Reality Series Deemed Anti-Gay 'Marketing Ploy' By LGBT Activists

Posted 01.24.2013 | Gay Voices

The forthcoming National Geographic series "Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout?" is generating a lot of heat in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgend...

Scout's Honor

Elizabeth McGuire | Posted 03.24.2013 | Parents
Elizabeth McGuire

"Am I in trouble?" my 8-year-old son asked with a sigh when my husband and I surrounded him on the couch one recent afternoon. We assured him no. "There's just something on our minds," I said. "Something important we want to discuss with you."

Something To Celebrate: The Week's 10 Best Gay Moments

Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

With so much hate continually aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, we like to take a moment every once in a while to highlig...

WATCH: Gay Boy Scout Leader Comes Out On Camera

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 01.18.2013 | Gay Voices

After closing his eyes and taking a deep breath, Boy Scout camp leader Derek Nance softly said to himself, "Here we go," introduced himself and said t...

Rebel Who Found Her Cause

Jennifer Tyrrell | Posted 03.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Tyrrell

If you had asked me at any point in my life whether I thought I would be an anti-bullying and equality advocate, I would have laughed hysterically. In fact, having been a frequent victim of bullying as a child, I became full of rage and set on vengeance.

Morning Links: The Boy Scouts, NOM, And Wade Davis

Lila Shapiro | Posted 03.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Lila Shapiro

-- Wade Davis, the former NFL player, gives a revealing and fascinating interview to the Daily Beast about 'semi-open' gay life in the NFL. -- Jerem...

Boy Scouts To Release 2 Decades Of Sex Abuse Files

AP | Posted 03.10.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The Boy Scouts of America must release two decades of files detailing sexual abuse allegations after the California Supreme Court ...

Right Wing Pundit Defends Boy Scouts' 'Morally Straight' Anti-Gay Policy

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 12.17.2012 | Gay Voices

The president of a conservative Christian organization is speaking out in support of the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy, saying the group's c...

Boy Scouts Must Surrender Child Sex Abuse Files

AP | Posted 12.14.2012 | Crime

LOS ANGELES -- A California appellate court has upheld a Santa Barbara judge's order saying the Boy Scouts of America must surrender decades of confid...