Boy Scouts of America
A gay Eagle Scout from Maryland, a Seattle Scoutmaster who was fired for his sexual orientation and their supporters presented a petition Wednesday at Amazon.com’s headquarters urging the company to suspend donations to the Boy Scouts of America.
Change is coming quickly to the Boy Scouts of America after years of turmoil and debate over its membership policy, with an openly gay 17-year-old in Maryland achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.
Defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is halting its donations to the Boy Scouts of America over the organization’s ban on gays serving as adult leaders after a review of the company’s philanthropy guidelines, the company said Thursday.
The vote is historic–the Boy Scouts of America decides to allow gay members. The Baltimore area Boy Scouts Council joined those voting Thursday to lift the ban.
The top Boy Scout executive in the council covering the District of Columbia and parts of Maryland and Virginia is supporting the national board’s decision to accept openly gay scouts.
A Scouting official in western Maryland says he’ll follow the lead of the national organization as it decides whether to ease its ban on gays as Scouts or adult leaders.
The Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy has been under fire for years—and may soon be reversed. The national organization is reconsidering its controversial ban on gay scouts and leaders.
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Rabbi Peter E. Hyman was the first rabbi in many years to be invited to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but his purpose for going there was not a religious one.
The Boy Scouts of America was ordered to release secret files on child sex abuse within the organization. Contained in those files are names of more than 1,000 predators nationwide and nearly 100 of those here in Maryland.
The Boy Scouts are trying to officially add 19 acres in northern Harford County to one of their campgrounds, but have to go about it in a really old-fashioned way.