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OPINION
April 23, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Americans are turning a corner on gay rights, and slowly but surely, they seem to be dragging the Boy Scouts along behind them. Leaders of the organization recently proposed dropping its ban on openly gay Scouts, while continuing to prohibit gay adults from serving as scoutmasters. Although we're glad to see the Boy Scouts of America become more tolerant, however limited and belated that change is, it must waste no time before taking the next step as well. There is no valid reason to exclude gay troop leaders of either gender, and the Scouts' lack of acceptance smacks of old and ignorant prejudices against homosexuality.
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OPINION
April 23, 2013
Re "Open the books on medical care prices," Column, April 19 I appreciate David Lazarus' column blasting inflated and mysterious hospital fees. But I feel compelled to comment on his statement, "I can't think of any other business that's permitted to operate this way. " That's true. But it's also true that no other business typically waits several months to receive payment for services rendered. It's also true that no other business is required by federal law to provide its services to a significant portion of its clientele (many emergency room patients)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 | By Kim Christensen
A Boy Scouts of America proposal to admit gay boys as members while continuing to bar homosexual adults as leaders is not a good way to settle a longstanding controversy that has roiled the youth organization in recent months, a Los Angeles Scouts official says. The proposal, recommended unanimously last week by the Boy Scouts' executive committee, would require 1,400 members of the group's national council to choose between admitting gay children or no gays at all. “We're put in a very, very difficult place,” said David Meshulam, president of the Scouts' Los Angeles Area Council, who will be among those voting next month.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
"The thing we try to do first and foremost is watchdog journalism, and everything comes under that line. " Thus did L.A. Times editor and self-proclaimed "chief cheerleader" Davan Maharaj describe the paper's approach to investigative reporting in a panel discussion titled "The L.A. Times and Accountability Journalism" at the Festival of Books on Saturday. In the past year, Maharaj said, "We took on the county assessor's office, a scandal at the county jails, poor fire-response times among LAFD paramedics, poor regulation in recycling" -  and, he quipped, "every aspect of Lindsay Lohan 's interface with the police.
NATIONAL
April 19, 2013 | By Kim Christensen and Jason Felch
The Boy Scouts of America announced Friday a proposal to allow gay youths to join the program, a move that, if approved, would mark a dramatic shift for one of the nation's oldest and most traditional youth organizations. The proposal, which would continue to bar homosexual men from serving as Scout leaders, will be voted on at a May meeting of the organization's national council, Scouting officials said. "We believe the BSA can no longer sacrifice its mission, or the youth served by the movement, by allowing the organization to be consumed by a single, controversial, and unresolved societal issue," national president Wayne Perry said in a statement announcing the proposal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2013 | By Jason Felch and Kim Christensen
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2013 | By Jason Felch and Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
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.
OPINION
April 16, 2013
Re "Don't single out the Scouts," Editorial, April 12 The Boy Scouts of America is a terrific organization, but it must follow the rules. If it wants to restrict membership based on sexual orientation, that's fine. But if it chooses to restrict membership to include only heterosexuals, it should lose its tax-free status as a nonprofit and give up the benefits associated with such an organization. Most Boy Scouts such as myself started out as Cub Scouts. In Cub Scouts we were taught, "Be square and obey the law of the pack.
OPINION
April 13, 2013
Re "Bill targets gay ban by Boy Scouts," April 11 I am astonished that the physician who testified in front of state lawmakers, citing his experience of being molested by an older Boy Scout, would somehow slide right down the slippery slope to the conclusion that the Boy Scouts is in danger because gay Scouts or Scout leaders are probably child molesters. It leaves me wondering how the Boy Scouts of America could consider itself the arbiter of "morality" when the organization cannot distinguish between homosexuality and pedophilia.
OPINION
April 12, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The Boy Scouts' long-standing refusal to admit gay members is deplorable and offensive. But it's also legal. Just because we - or California legislators - might disagree with the discriminatory path the Boy Scouts has taken doesn't mean the organization should be singled out from other nonprofits to lose its tax-exempt status. A bill that passed a state Senate committee this week would do just that. Under SB 323, , carried by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), the Boy Scouts of America (though unnamed in the bill)
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