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In Secret Ballot, Boy Scouts Vote on Gays Today

It's expected to be close

(Newser) - Today's the day: More than 1,400 Boy Scout leaders are gathered in Grapevine, Texas, to vote on allowing openly gay scouts to participate in the organization. Emotions were already running high yesterday, the New York Times reports, as dozens of protesters picketed outside the conference center with "...

Mormon Church OK With Gay Boy Scouts

Cites 'thoughtful, good-faith effort' on issue

(Newser) - A proposal that would allow gay Boy Scouts is getting a high-profile thumbs-up ahead of its May vote. The Mormon Church supports the move, it says. "We have followed the discussion and are satisfied that BSA has made a thoughtful, good-faith effort to address issues that, as they have...

Gay-Friendly Boy Scouts Alternative Growing Quickly

Navigators doubles its membership in about a year

(Newser) - The Navigators is a tiny group compared to the Boy Scouts, but Mother Jones reports that its gay-tolerant creed has helped it more than double its chapters to 45 in about a year. A former Boy Scout troop leader in Harlem formed the Navigators in 2003, fed up with the...

Boy Scouts Proposal: Allow Gay Scouts, Not Leaders

Proposal must still be voted on

(Newser) - It looks like the Boy Scouts of America may be ready to end its ban on openly gay scouts, but not on gay leaders. The organization today proposed doing away with the longstanding and controversial ban, which would mean that in the future, "no youth may be denied membership...

California Democrats Want Scouts to Pay for Gay Stance

Lawmakers push bill that could revoke group's tax-exempt status

(Newser) - California Democrats are out to make the Boy Scouts pay for their refusal to accept openly gay members. The state's Senate Governance and Finance Committee passed a bill yesterday revoking tax-exempt status from any nonprofit that discriminates based on sexual orientation, gender, or religious affiliation, the LA Times reports....

Boy Scouts Takes Poll, Asks About Bunking With Gays

Survey goes out to 1.1M scouts

(Newser) - As the Boy Scouts of America continues to wrestle with the question of whether to admit gay members and leaders, it's decided to take members' opinions into account. Some 1.1M scouts and their families received surveys recently, with questions like:
  • Should gay scouts be allowed to share tents

Boy Scouts Unveil Game-Design Merit Badge

Board games, card games, and even smartphone apps are possible

(Newser) - When you think of the Boy Scouts, you probably imagine kids doing rugged, outdoor activities. But Scouts can earn merit badges in all manner of esoteric fields, and today the organization unveiled the latest, and one of the quirkiest: game design. The badge, developed over the past two years with...

Carly Rae Jepsen, Train Cancel on Anti-Gay Boy Scouts

Both cite ban on gay scouts as their reason

(Newser) - Less than a month after the Boy Scouts declined to make a decision on its gay scout ban , some serious fallout: Train and Carly Rae Jepsen, both of whom were touted as headliners at the National Scout Jamboree in July, have bowed out of their concerts. Train did so Friday,...

Boy Scouts Punt on Decision on Gays

Won't decide the dicey issue until May

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America's national executive board has delayed a decision on whether to lift its longstanding ban on gay scouts and leaders. The BSA today said the organization will instead take action on the resolution at its national meeting in May. The Scouts said last week that...

Obama: Scouts Should Let In Gays and Lesbians

The president urges group to drop longstanding ban

(Newser) - President Barack Obama says the Boy Scouts of America should open its membership to gays and lesbians when its national executive board discusses the issue this week. Obama praised the scouts as "a great institution" that promotes young people, giving them lifelong leadership training and opportunities. During a pre-Super...

Boy Scouts Leaders in Talks to End Gay Ban

If board approves, change could be announced next week

(Newser) - After many years and much controversy, the Boy Scouts of America is close to ending its ban on gay members, scouting officials and other sources tell NBC News . The new policy being considered would dump the ban from the national organization's rules, but local chapters would still have the...

UPS Yanks Funding From Boy Scouts

Ends grants over BSA's discrimination against gays

(Newser) - The philanthropic arm of shipping giant UPS said it will no longer give money to the Boy Scouts of America as long as the group discriminates against gays, joining Intel as the second major corporation to recently strip funding from the scouts. The UPS Foundation made the change after an...

Boy Scouts' 'Perversion Files' Go Online

You can search the database of 1,250 Scout leaders accused of abuse

(Newser) - An Oregon lawyer has released 15,000 pages of the so-called " perversion files ," documents that recount child abuse within the Boy Scouts, reports the Seattle Times . "The stories in those files are real little boys and real stories of abuse," says attorney Kelly Clark, who opened...

Boy Scouts to Review 50 Years of Sex Abuse Files

Any undisclosed cases will be shown to police, says group

(Newser) - With about 5,000 allegations of sexual abuse on file since the 1950s, the Boy Scouts of America announced it would review its confidential files and notify law enforcement officials about any sexual predators it had not yet disclosed, reports the Los Angeles Times . The announcement comes less than two...

Boy Scouts Hid Child Molesters: 'Perversion Files'

400 reviewed cases weren't reported to police

(Newser) - Details from the Boy Scouts' so-called " perversion files "—a decades-old blacklist of child abusers within the organization—are continuing to emerge, and the results aren't pretty. The group helped cover up instances of abuse, as suspects left the Boy Scouts with excuses ranging from "chronic...

Obama Comes Out Against Boy Scouts' Ban on Gays

But doesn't plan to resign as group's honorary president

(Newser) - When it comes to gays and the Boy Scouts, President Obama and the youth organization he serves as honorary president have agreed to disagree. In an email sent to the AP after three weeks of staying mum on the Scouts' recently reaffirmed policy of excluding gays as members and adult...

'Perversion Files' Didn't Block Boy Scout Abusers

Child molesters re-entered organization more than 125 times

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America has long relied on a secret blacklist to keep perverts at bay, but that system hasn't worked too well, the LA Times reports. The paper's review of more than 1,200 files from the 1970s and '80s showed that men suspected of...

Boy Scouts: Ban on Gays Stands

Committee reviewing issue was unanimous in its conclusion

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts isn't budging one inch on its policy of excluding homosexuals from its ranks. The AP reports that the organization today "emphatically reaffirmed" the ban, which applies to both Scouts and leaders. The committee tasked with carrying out the confidential two-year review "came to the...

Boy Scouts Must Release 'Perversion Files': Court

Documents reveal molestation suspects across 2 decades

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America has two decades' worth of documents on 1,200 suspected child molesters in the organization—and the long-secret files are set to go public. A court has ruled that the "perversion files," cited by attorneys in a 2010 lawsuit, are public record. That...

Boy Scouts to Review Anti-Gay Policy

Move comes amid public outcry over dismissal of lesbian den leader

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America isn't making any promises, but it will at least review its policy that seeks to keep gay people out of the organization. The group says it will consider a resolution that would allow gay adults to serve as leaders in individual units, reports AP...

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