July 27, 2015 The Boy Scouts National Executive Board approved a resolution that would allow "openly gay adult leaders and employees." But local units will still be able to bar gay leaders.
July 13, 2015 The Boy Scouts of America's National Executive Board will meet July 27 to ratify the resolution to end the longstanding ban on gay Scout leaders.
May 22, 2015 Robert Gates, the former CIA director and former defense secretary, tells NPR that the Boy Scouts of America needs to talk to sponsoring institutions about the potential change.
Robert Gates, president of the Boy Scouts of America, warned that failure to make changes quickly could spell "the end of us as a national movement."
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May 21, 2015 Robert Gates, a former CIA director and former defense secretary, told the organization, "We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be."
The California Supreme Court ban prohibits state judges from belonging to nonprofit youth organizations that practice discrimination. That includes Boy Scouts, which has restricted gay troop leaders.
March 16, 2015 The state's earlier ban on judges' belonging to groups that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation now applies to youth organizations. Does this take judicial impartiality too far?
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March 3, 2014 Boy Scouts of America is "disappointed" by the decision. Disney says it doesn't support groups that aren't in line with the its policies. Gay boys may now be scouts. But gay adults may not be leaders.
Members of the Boys Scouts of America and some of their families marched Sunday in Salt Lake City's Utah Pride parade.
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June 3, 2013 Although the local Scout council said they should not wear their uniforms, some of the scouts did. In May, the national Scout council voted to allow openly gay boys to become members.
A statue outside the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas.
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April 19, 2013 The organization will submit a proposal to members of its National Council that would lift the ban on young Scouts, but keep it for gay adult leaders.
February 6, 2013 Two stories about gay rights are breaking: Leaders of the Boy Scouts are debating whether local troops should be allowed to have gay members and leaders; and the Pentagon is reportedly looking to extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of military personnel.
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In Mississippi last month, scouts took part in a flag retirement ceremony.
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January 28, 2013 If approved, the new policy would allow local organizations to determine how they would address the issue. Just last summer, the national organization affirmed the ban.
A Boy Scout salutes traffic as he stands next to a flag display on a freeway overpass September 11, 2008 in Lafayette, California.
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October 18, 2012 The files give the public a first glance at how the Boy Scouts of America handled allegations of sexual abuse. In some cases, they show that alleged child molesters were able to sneak back into the Scouts; in other cases, they show the Scouts neglected to refer allegations of abuse to law enforcement authorities.
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October 5, 2012 After 12 years as a Boy Scout, Ryan Andresen was denied the Eagle Scout award for not meeting the "Duty to God" requirement.
July 17, 2012 The organization says it "does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members," but will continue to deny membership "to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals."
February 28, 2010 Recently, NPR ran a story highlighting the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts. But the piece never mentioned the funding controversy that erupted in the early 1990's over the Boy Scouts discriminating against gays. Or that their o...
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