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February 4, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Lobbying efforts stepped up on Monday as the leadership of the Boy Scouts prepared to consider an end to the national ban on gay membership. Members of the Scouts' board began their three-day meeting Monday in Irving, Texas, where those seeking to end the ban presented petitions they said had 1.4 million signatures. Save Our Scouts planned a prayer vigil in support of the ban for Wednesday, the day the board is expected to vote. Jennifer Tyrrell, a lesbian mother from Ohio who was ousted as a Scout den leader, was among those delivering the signatures gathered online.
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March 13, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
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.
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January 28, 2013 | By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
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.
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February 4, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Lobbying efforts stepped up on Monday as the leadership of the Boy Scouts prepared to consider an end to the national ban on gay membership. Members of the Scouts' board began their three-day meeting Monday in Irving, Texas, where those seeking to end the ban presented petitions they said had 1.4 million signatures. Save Our Scouts planned a prayer vigil in support of the ban for Wednesday, the day the board is expected to vote. Jennifer Tyrrell, a lesbian mother from Ohio who was ousted as a Scout den leader, was among those delivering the signatures gathered online.
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March 13, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
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.
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June 7, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
You can't be in Boy Scouts if you're openly gay - but a group of Eagle Scouts wants to change that. Current and former scouts have banded together to form Scouts for Equality , challenging the Boy Scouts of America's century-old policy that bans gay scouts and troop leaders from its ranks. The group's launch comes less than 24 hours after Boy Scout top brass said they would review a proposed resolution to end the ban, but said it had little chance of passing. “When it comes to matters of sexual orientation, our policy is to not discuss that in any way, but to refer kids to spiritual advisors, parents and guardians,” Deron Smith, a Boy Scouts spokesman, told The Times.
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April 30, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A board member of the Ohio River Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America has resigned to protest the ouster of Jennifer Tyrrell, the leader of her son's Tiger Cub pack forced out earlier this month because she is  gay. Board member David J. Sims, a lawyer and longtime Democrat serving on the Ohio County Commission, said he did not know Tyrrell. He learned of her resignation from an email the board circulated last Thursday, did some research and announced his resignation Friday.
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February 9, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: On the London street at Universal City -- between the Strand Hotel, Mulligan's Tavern and an iconic red phone booth -- servers passed pizza and spring rolls as actors from “Glee,” “Scandal,” “The Fosters” and other popular TV shows mixed with supporters of the Family Equality Council. All then adjourned to the Globe Theatre for the main event: the organization's annual Los Angeles Awards Dinner on Saturday. The show: The “Glee” gang chose songs for the occasion, beginning with Darren Criss on the guitar for “Somewhere That's Green.” New cast member Adam Lambert chose “Mad World,” and Amber Riley delivered a heartfelt “Who You Are.” Composer and pianist Brad Ellis accompanied the latter two performers, as he quietly does on the show.
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April 27, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
The Ohio Cub Scout leader forced to resign earlier this month for being a lesbian not only wants to be reinstated as leader of her son's pack, she's been crisscrossing the country winning support for her cause. “The goal is really just to raise awareness,” said Jennifer Tyrrell, 32, who appeared in Los Angeles last weekend, then New York City. “We're hoping the Boy Scouts will do the right thing and just change the policy.” Officials at the Boy Scouts of America, whose oath calls for members to be "morally straight," maintain that they have the right as a private group to exclude gays from their ranks.
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June 9, 2012 | Laura J. Nelson
For decades, the Boy Scouts of America has weathered anger, petitions and lawsuits over a long-standing policy that bans gay Scouts and troop leaders. But the dissent that erupted this week is different. It's coming from a group that's exclusively its own. A group of Eagle Scouts has banded together to form Scouts for Equality, a group aimed at challenging the century-old policy. Its formation comes on the heels of an announcement from Boy Scout top brass: They will examine a recent resolution that would reverse the policy.
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January 28, 2013 | By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
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.
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June 13, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
One key figure with the Boy Scouts of America is calling on the Scouting organization to allow openly gay Scouts and gay Scout leaders, and a petition is urging another figure -- AT&T chairman and chief executive Randall Stephenson -- to join his call. James Turley, a board member of the Boy Scouts of America, released a statement Tuesday night saying he will begin to work from within the Scouting organization to bring about an end to its long-standing opposition to gay Scouts and gay Scout leaders.
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July 17, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- The Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday reaffirmed the organization's policy of excluding gays, despite recent protest campaigns by members, including some of the group's board. The announcement came after a confidential two-year review by an 11-member special committee formed by Scout leaders in 2010, a spokesman said. Spokesman Deron Smith, based at the Boy Scouts' headquarters outside Dallas, declined to identify members of the committee, but said in a statement sent to the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that they represented "a diversity of perspectives and opinions.
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