January 23, 2013 |
Boy Scouts may be tough, but can they be as tough as GLAAD? The gay-rights group is upset over "Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?," a new reality competition series from the creators of he-man fare such as "The Deadliest Catch. " The show is due to premiere on the National Geographic Channel later this year. GLAAD has tangled with Boy Scouts of America over policies forbidding gay leaders and members. The group last year reaffirmed its anti-gay ban after a two-year review of its policies. GLAAD is upset that NatGeo is going ahead with the TV project and declining to criticize the Boy Scouts.
June 9, 2013 |
A 69-year-old Las Vegas man died after an ill-fated trip into the Lake Mead National Recreation Area with four Boy Scouts and another visitor over the weekend, officials said. The Boy Scouts had gotten lost in the blazing heat and called officials for help. Clawson Bowman Jr. was found dead about a mile from the White Rock Canyon area along the Nevada-Arizona border southeast of Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon. Bowman had been suffering from heatstroke, officials said, as temperatures hit 110 degrees over the weekend.
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April 10, 2013 |
A state Senate committee recommended Wednesday that California revoke the tax-exempt status of nonprofit groups including the Boy Scouts of America that do not allow gays and transsexuals to become members. The Senate Governance and Finance Committee voted 5-2 along party lines, with Republicans in opposition, to approve the measure by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), even as one official from the Boy Scouts signaled that a change in policy may be in the works.. "The Boy Scouts provide a critical service for our youth," Lara told the committee.
March 13, 2013 |
The Boy Scouts of America is surveying adult members about their attitude toward gays in Scouting as the group's leaders consider potentially lifting their ban on gay membership later this spring. The 13-question survey is being distributed to 1.1 million Scouts leaders, alumni, volunteers and parents. It asks them to respond to hypothetical situations involving homosexuality, gays camping with children and gays in church leadership. Members can respond according to a scale of feelings that ranges from strong support to strong opposition.
February 6, 2013 |
IRVING, Texas -- Several hundred Boy Scouts, parents and supporters gathered outside Boy Scouts of America national headquarters in the Dallas suburbs Wednesday to rally against lifting the ban on gays in Scouting. They came toting American flags and homemade signs that proclaimed “Don't invite sin into the camp!,” "God votes no on gays!" and “Save our boys from homosexual acts!” When news broke that the group's national board, meeting at a nearby hotel, had voted to postpone a decision on the ban until May, organizers made an announcement that was greeted with applause.
May 24, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- A former Boy Scout whose decision to fight his ouster from the organization for being gay went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court says the group's vote to permit gay youth but not gay Scout leaders is a "bit of a step backward. " James Dale spoke out after the 103-year-old organization lifted its ban on gay youth - but not gay adults - in a vote by about 1,200 members of its national council. The new policy takes effect Jan. 1. “It sends a mixed message to both gay and non-gay kids,” Dale, 42, of New York City, told the Los Angeles Times on Friday.
January 28, 2013 |
Six months after the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed its long-standing ban on gays, the organization signaled Monday that it might retreat from that prohibition and allow local groups to decide. The proposed policy shift, which the Scouts' national board will discuss next week in Irving, Texas, follows a decades-long effort to exclude homosexual boys and adult leaders. It also coincides with growing public support for gay rights and pressure on the Scouts from corporations, some local governments and even members of its board to eliminate the ban. "The policy change under discussion would allow the religious, civic or educational organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting to determine how to address this issue," spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement.
December 17, 1985 |
President Reagan on Monday proclaimed 1985 as the 75th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America and praised past and present members.
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April 19, 2013 |
Top officials of the Boy Scouts of America have unanimously recommended allowing gay boys into the ranks of one of the nation's oldest and most traditional youth groups while continuing to exclude homosexual adults as leaders. Scouting's executive committee described the proposal as an effort to acknowledge changes in society while respecting the religious organizations that sponsor many scout troops across the country. It also aims to move the organization beyond a controversy that has rocked its foundation in the last several months.
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February 19, 2012 |
The mother of a Santa Barbara County teenager says he was wronged twice — once by the 450-pound Boy Scout leader who sexually abused him in 2007, and then by a local Scouts executive who she says told her not to call police. "He said that wasn't necessary, because the Scouts do their own internal investigation," said the woman, whose name The Times is withholding to protect her son's identity. "I thought that was really weird.... I thought it was really important to call the sheriff right away.