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BSA GAY SCOUTS
Yes, the Boy Scouts' Decision Is a Victory
LGBT civil rights advocate
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
Executive Director, American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
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.
Boy Scouts of America's Decision Has Ugly Echos of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Founder, Truth Wins Out
We've heard this "good first step" argument before. Although "don't ask, don't tell" was ostensibly an improvement on a blanket ban on honorable gay service members, it came with a steep price, because it portrayed gay people as inferior and a threat to the cohesion of the Armed Forces.
Why the Boy Scouts' New Gay Policy Is Not a Win
Director of Advocacy, SPARTA
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.
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