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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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

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

No Reprieve For Boy Scouts Despite Gay Youth Vote

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 05.25.2013 | Gay Voices

-- The Boy Scouts of America will get no reprieve from controversy after a contentious vote to accept openly gay boys as Scouts. Dismayed conservati...

Dad Vows To Yank Sons Out Of Boy Scouts After Organization Drops Gay Ban

Posted 05.19.2014 | Gay Voices

An outspoken supporter of the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) ban on gay participants has vowed to withdraw his own sons out of the scouting organizatio...

Scouts Are Now 'Boy Sodomizers of America,' Says Right-Wing Pundit

Posted 05.24.2013 | Gay Voices

The Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow openly gay Scouts has generated a divided response from parents and other officials. Not surprisingl...

Why the Boy Scouts' New Gay Policy Is Not a Win

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

When the Mormon Church officially endorsed the Boy Scouts' new "young gays OK, grown-up gays bad" position, I pricked up my ears. I asked myself, "What does this organization have to gain from it?" Simply put: everything.

Perry On Boy Scouts Lifting Gay Ban: 'I Am Greatly Disappointed'

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) expressed his disapproval of the Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow gay youths on Thursday, Pegasus News reports. ...

The Boy Scouts: Demonizing Gay Men, Empowering Bashers on the Streets

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Continuing to ban lesbian den mothers and gay scoutmasters is sending a horrible message to American youth, including the scouts, gay and straight. The Boy Scouts of America made this change to take some of the heat off, and no matter what equality advocates hope for, that will happen.

Boy Scouts To Allow Gay Youths

The Associated Press | By DAVID CRARY and NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 05.24.2013 | Gay Voices

The Boy Scouts of America have reportedly voted 61-38 to allow gay Scouts. According to multiple media sources, the scouting organization has chos...

WATCH: Gay Teen Gets Kicked Out Of Boy Scouts After Coming Out

Posted 05.23.2013 | Gay Voices

Amateur footage that reportedly shows a gay teen being kicked out of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) after he came out to a scouting official is makin...

Boy Scouts To Vote On Allowing Gay Members

AP | DAVID CRARY and NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices

By DAVID CRARY and NOMAAN MERCHANT, The Associated Press GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) -- The Boy Scouts of America's national leadership will vote Thursda...

Gay Activists Rally Ahead Of Boy Scouts' Ban Vote

Reuters | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices

By Marice Richter GRAPEVINE, Texas, May 22 (Reuters) - Gay rights activists and members of conservative groups gathered in the Texas t...

Boy Scout Troop Will Allow Gays

East Hampton Patch | Paul Petrone | Posted 05.22.2013 | Gay Voices

MILFORD, CT - The Boy Scouts of America's Connecticut Yankee Council, which runs camps in several towns and has members from dozens more communities, ...

Oprah's Psych Guru Supports Ending Boy Scouts' Gay Ban

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 05.22.2013 | Gay Voices

One of the most popular talk show hosts in America, Dr. Phil has voiced his support of ending the gay ban in the Boy Scouts with this tweet he sent ou...

When Will Boy Scouts Accept The Non-Religious?

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

It's the right thing to do. And here's the bonus: Once the Boy Scouts open up to non-believers, they're going to discover they have a lot to contribute -- just as they've been contributing all along.