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Md. teen among first openly gay Scouts to achieve top rank after ban lift

By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 17-year-old Maryland boy has become one of the first openly gay Boy Scouts to achieve the Boy Scouts of America's highest rank since the organization reversed its ban on gay youth nearly six weeks ago. Pascal Tessier, who publicly voiced his opposition to the ban on gay members, started with the group a decade ago as a Cub Scout and earned 21 merit badges before being named an Eagle Scout on Monday, said his father, Oliver Tessier, a consultant in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Lockheed halts Boy Scouts donations over gay rights

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp, the top U.S. defense contractor, has halted donations to the Boy Scouts of America because of the group's policies on religion and to exclude some gays from its ranks, it said on Thursday. Lockheed's decision makes it the latest corporate sponsor to pull its donations from the Scouts, which voted to end a ban on gay scouts effective at the start of 2014, but has left in place a prohibition on gays serving as adult Scout leaders.

Lockheed Martin is latest to halt donations to Boy Scouts over policy on gay leaders

WASHINGTON - Defence and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is halting donations to the Boy Scouts of America over the organization's ban on gays serving as adult leaders. Spokesman Gordon Johndroe said Thursday that the company decided it won't support non-profit organizations that don't align with its corporate policies or commitment to diversity. The company didn't disclose how much it has given the group.

Boy Scouts, Mormon Church sued in Idaho pedophile case

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Four men sued the Boy Scouts of America and its largest sponsor, the Mormon Church, on Monday accusing both organizations of failing to protect them from sexual abuse by adult volunteers when they were children at scouting activities in Idaho. Three of the men said they were abused as members of Boy Scout troops affiliated with the Utah-based church, two of them by a scout leader previously identified as a molester in a complaint brought by a parent.

Southern Baptists condemn Boy Scouts policy on gays

By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - The Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to voice opposition to the Boy Scouts of America decision to admit gay members, saying that homosexual conduct is contrary to a scout's oath to do his duty to God.

US scouts move to allow gay members, not leaders

Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America agreed Friday to admit gay youth members while maintaining a ban on adult leaders, drawing criticism from both homosexual groups and conservatives. The executive committee of the organization -- which launched a review of the contentious issue in February -- passed a resolution that must be approved at a national meeting in Texas next month to come into force.

US scouts to allow gay youth members, not leaders

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) agreed Friday to admit gay youth members, while maintaining a ban on adult leaders in the movement, long seen as symbolizing traditional US values. The organization -- which announced in February that it was delaying a decision on the contentious issue -- agreed the partial admission of homosexuals in a resolution updating its "membership standards." "No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone," it said, adding that the new rules will come into force on January 1, 2014.

Singer pulls out of US scout jamboree over gay ban

Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen has pulled out of a summer concert for the Boy Scouts of America because of its ban on gay members, she said on Twitter Tuesday. The Grammy-nominated "Call Me Maybe" star was the second act to withdraw from the Scouts' summer jamboree show, after US rock band Train pulled out last week. "As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer... I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level," she wrote.

Boy Scouts delay decision on gays

The Boy Scouts of America, a youth group long seen as symbolizing traditional US values, announced Wednesday it was delaying a decision on the contentious issue of whether to allow gays to join. The Scouts had ruled last year to maintain the ban on openly gay boys and adult leaders. Amid political pressure and rapidly shifting social attitudes, the Scouts' leadership said it would meet on the issue -- leading to speculation that a U-turn was in store.

Most Americans say Boy Scouts should drop gay ban -poll

Feb 6 (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America has delayed its vote until May but a national poll released on Wednesday showed the public has made up its mind, saying the youth group's ban on gay members must end. By a margin of 55 percent to 33 percent, respondents to the telephone poll by Quinnipiac University said the century-old youth organization should drop its policy against openly gay members.
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