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Did National News Whitewash New Anti-Gay Scouting Group’s Eerie ‘Gesture’?

by David Badash ● 3:54 PM March 3, 2014
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Twitter is erupting with posts of a screenshot from a San Jose Mercury News story, written by the AP, that depicts several boys standing in a circle with their arms raised in what eerily feels to many like a Nazi-esque salute.

Discrimination

Let’s Cheer Our Own – Pascal Tessier Is First Openly Gay Eagle Scout

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 7:36 PM February 12, 2014
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Maryland teenager Pascal Tessier is the first openly gay scout to be made an Eagle Scout – the organization’s highest rank.

News

Former Defense Secretary Who Ushered In DADT Repeal To Head Boy Scouts

by David Badash ● 10:37 AM October 31, 2013
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Former Defense Department Secretary Bob Gates, the man who told America that gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members must be allowed to serve openly, is going to be the president of the Boy Scouts.

News

Scout Leader Who Toppled Goblin Rock Had Just Filed Lawsuit Claiming ‘Disability, Impairment’

by David Badash ● 12:51 PM October 20, 2013
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One of the Utah Boy Scout leaders who this past week toppled a 170-million year old rock that had been perched in an almost incredible “goblin” formation for 20 million years is in a lot of trouble — and may be facing even more.

News

Catholic, Mormon Church Official Policy Now Supports Gay Youth In Boy Scouts — Holdouts Persist

by David Badash ● 12:18 PM June 3, 2013
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The Mormon Church and now the Catholic Church have stated the Boy Scout’s new policy in gay youth is OK and are urging their members to continue to support Scouting.

Bigotry Watch

Louie Gohmert Envisions 17-Year Old Gay Scouts Molesting 11-Year Old Boys

by David Badash ● 9:02 AM May 29, 2013
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Tea Party Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert envisions 17-year old gay Boy Scouts in tents sexually molesting 11-year old “new rookie” Boy Scouts.

Discrimination

Anti-Gay ‘Pro-Family’ Group: All Churches Must ‘Pull Out’ Of Boy Scouts

by David Badash ● 4:21 PM May 28, 2013
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Comparing openly-gay boys to “practicing adulterers,” Bryan Fischer called for “everybody that’s involved in Scouting” to “pull out” of the Boy Scouts because they are allowing openly-gay youth to join or stay in Scouting.

News

Fischer: Mormon Church Believes Gay Boy Scouts Will Bring Back Polygamy

by David Badash ● 10:57 AM May 28, 2013
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The LDS Church has “gone soft on the homosexual agenda,” Fischer says. “As the homosexual agenda advances, the next domino to fall is going to be the ban against polygamy.”

News

NY State Senator Introduces Bill To Strip Boy Scouts Of Tax-Exempt Status

by David Badash ● 6:36 PM May 24, 2013
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A NY state senator has introduced legislation that would strip the Boy Scouts of their tax-exempt status over their refusal to allow gay adults into Scouting.

Civil Rights

Fixed: NOM’s Response To Boy Scouts Allowing Gay Youth

by David Badash ● 4:43 PM May 24, 2013
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National Organization For Marriage president Brian Brown’s statement on the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to allow gay youth into their ranks — fixed.

Civil Rights

Obama ‘Welcomes’ Boy Scouts Decision But Says Leadership Should Be Open To Gays Too

by David Badash ● 4:22 PM May 24, 2013
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President Obama says he “welcomes” the Boy Scouts’ decision to admit openly-gay boys into its ranks, but says that all levels of the organization should be free of discrimination.

Bigotry Watch

NOM: Accepting Gay Youth Is The ‘Beginning Of The End’ For The Boy Scouts

by David Badash ● 11:17 AM May 24, 2013
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NOM’s Brian Brown says yesterday’s decision by the Boy Scouts to accept gay youth into the organization is “sexualizing” the Scouts and is “the beginning of the end” for them.

Civil Rights

Look: LGBT Organizations — And Opponents — Respond To Boy Scouts Decision To Allow Gay Scouts

by David Badash ● 7:26 PM May 23, 2013
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Here are reactions from both LGBT organizations and allies, and opponents to LGBT equality, on the Boy Scouts of America’s historic decision today, to allow gay scouts.

Civil Rights

Breaking: Boy Scouts Vote To Drop Ban, Allow Gay Scouts

by David Badash ● 6:09 PM May 23, 2013
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The Boy Scouts of America’s 1400 member National Council this afternoon in Grapevine, Texas voted to allow gay boys into the 103-year old private, faith-based organization.