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Bob Gates to Boy Scouts: End Ban on Gay Leaders

Group's president says 'status quo cannot be sustained'

(Newser) - Former secretary of Defense and current president of the Boy Scouts of America Robert Gates had some tough talk for his organization today, USA Today reports, telling the Scouts' annual meeting that it was time to set aside the group's controversial ban on gay leaders. "I must speak...

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 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...

Eagle Scout With 2 Moms Challenging Anti-Gay Policy

Zach Wahls to present petition in support of lesbian den leader

(Newser) - Supporters of an ousted lesbian Cub Scout den leader plan to challenge the Boy Scouts of America's ban on openly gay members at the organization's annual conference today. A petition signed by more than 280,000 people will be presented to Boy Scout leadership by supporters including Zach...

Viral Video Teen: Gay Suicides Were 'Wake-Up Call'

Iowan Zach Wahls explains his speech

(Newser) - Zach Wahls became an Internet celebrity in February, when he passionately defended gay families in a speech to Iowa lawmakers that went viral. You may have seen it going around again yesterday, as Wahls surged in popularity once again thanks to an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit. So,...

Son of 2 Moms Lectures Iowa Lawmakers

Zach Wahls argues against amendment to ban same-sex marriage

(Newser) - Zach Wahls began his speech to state lawmakers simply: "I'm a sixth-generation Iowan and an engineering student at the University of Iowa, and I was raised by two women." He moves on to a passionate defense of his family—it "isn't so different than any other Iowa...

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