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Ballot Initiative on Scouts Is Abandoned

November 08, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

The Board of Supervisors scuttled a proposed ballot initiative over the Boy Scouts, citing concerns that it could further divide the community.

The proposed measure stated among other things that Scouting is "wholesome and worthwhile," and it criticized supervisors for a March 30 resolution condemning the Scouts' policy of excluding homosexuals.

When Scouting officials themselves said the measure would bring "more division and stress to our county," supervisors let it drop by saying the county won't discriminate against any youth group seeking to use its facilities.

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