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New Boy Scout leader Robert Gates won’t push to end ban on gay adult membership

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday he would not press during his term as Boy Scouts of America president for an end to the group’s ban on gay adult leaders for fear of causing permanent damage to the century old organization. Gates, who helped end the “Don’t Ask,…

Idaho sheriff ends agreement with Boy Scouts for promoting ‘crimes against nature’

A northern Idaho sheriff declined to renew his department’s charter with a local Boy Scout troop after the organization ended its ban on gay members. Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger said his Christian faith and reliance on biblical teachings led him to his decision. He had previously said that he…

Small tent: Georgia pastor boots Boy Scouts to keep gay scouts from camping with other boys

A conservative pastor drove a Boy Scouts of America troop out of the church that has been its home for 68 years over the organization’s decision to allow gay scouts. Towleroad reported on a WSB-Atlanta story about Pastor Earnest Easely’s decision to kick Boy Scout Troop 204 out of its…

Christian radio hosts: Gay Boy Scouts will get merit badges for sodomy, incest and cannibalism

Christian radio broadcasters Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner told their listeners that Boy Scouts were trying to “find the thing that God really, really, really hates the most” by allowing gay members, and soon the organization would be handing out merit badges for sodomy, incest and cannibalism. “Manhood is a…

California lawmaker blasts Boy Scouts for ‘very vile and sickening assumptions’ about gay men

California has moved one step closer to revoking the Boy Scouts’ tax exemption over their prohibition of openly gay leaders. The California Assembly Committee on Judiciary approved the Youth Equality Act by a 6-3 vote on Monday. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach), would prohibit organizations…

Boy Scouts face possible exodus after lifting ban on gay members

Boy Scouts: Will anti-gay troops emerge? (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Boy Scout Pascal Tessier is congratulated by Justin Buckford of Scouts for Equality, after hearing that the Boy Scouts of America had passed a resolution allowing openly gay scouts. Tessier is a Life scout who…

Bryan Fischer: Boy Scouts are now ‘Boy Sodomizers of America’

Fundamentalist radio host Bryan Fischer lashed out at the Boy Scouts of America on Friday for its decision to accept gay members. “We might as well rename this organization,” Fischer said on his radio show. “BSA no longer stands for the Boy Scouts of America. It now stands for the…

California moves towards revoking Boy Scouts tax exempt status over gay ban

California has moved one step closer to revoking the tax exemption for the Boy Scouts because of their prohibition against gay members. The California State Senate Governance and Finance Committee approved The Youth Equality Act by a 5-2 vote on Wednesday, sending the bill to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.…

Former Girl Scout Ellen Degeneres slams Boy Scouts’ inaction on anti-gay policy

On Friday, talk show host Ellen Degeneres took aim at the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on LGBT members and leaders. Degeneres, a former Girl Scout, took exception to the fact that the BSA punted on the issue this week rather than striking down the ban against LGBTs in scouting.…

Boy Scouts delay decision on allowing gay members

The Boy Scouts of America, a youth group long seen as symbolizing traditional US values, announced Wednesday it was delaying a decision on the contentious issue of whether to allow gays to join. The Scouts had ruled last year to maintain the ban on openly gay boys and adult leaders.…

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