Former Rep. Jim Kolbe will urge the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday to amend the immigration bill to include a path to citizenship or permanent residency for same-sex partners — including his own.
The new BSA policy appears to mirror this LDS Church policy in differentiating between gay youth and gay adults. Both also carry the implication that gay adults are less trustworthy in positions of responsibility with children—a widely-rejected canard associating homosexuality with child sexual abuse.
Yesterday, the Boy Scouts of America proposed maintaining its ban on adult gay leaders, while dropping the ban on gay scouts. Several faith leaders quickly expressed their disappointment in the proposed policy change. All faith leaders continued to call for a fully inclusive scouting program that included qualified gay leaders, even while some expressed joy that gay scouts would no longer be removed.
The School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266), authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, has passed the Assembly’s Committee on Education by a vote of 5-2. Now it is headed towards the Assembly Floor.
The letter from the parents was passionate and direct. It argued that the local United Way did not discriminate against gay people and that it should expect the same of a major recipient of its donations: the Washington region’s Boy Scouts.