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Stories and information about families, relationships, and children; includes education, parenting, adoption, and other issues

Boy Scouts to Consider Lifting Ban on Gay People

After coming under fire for ousting openly gay den mother Jen Tyrrell, Boy Scouts of America officials say the organization will officially consider a resolution to end its ban on allowing openly gay members. But BSA spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement that, "Contrary to media reports, the Boy Scouts of America has no plans to change its membership policy. The introduction of a resolution does not indicate the organization is 'reviewing' a policy or signal a change in direction."

ABC News
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June 7, 2012
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JCPenney features gay dads in June catalog

JCPenney's June catalog again features a same-sex couple, this time two dads and their two kids in honor of Father's Day, under the headline "First Pals"

Huffington Post
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May 30, 2012
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Colin Powell on Marriage Equality: "I Have No Problem With It"

A week after President Barack Obama announced his support for marriage equality, CNN's Wolf Blitzer sat down with former Secretary of State Colin Powell who affirmed the president's position saying "as I've thought about gay marriage, I know a lot of friends who are individually gay but are in partnerships with loved ones. And they are stable a family as my family is. And they raise children.

CNN
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May 23, 2012

#EqualLoveEqualRights: GLAAD Working with Campaign Founder Shane Bitney Crone

On top of suddenly losing his partner of six years, Shane Bitney Crone was forced to suffer even more because his relationship wasn't legally recognized in the eyes of the law. Shane created a YouTube video with the hope that other couples won't have to go through what he did. The video has been viewed more than 2.4 million times.

Religion News Summary Highlights for May 18, 2012

Gaining the most media this week was President Barack Obama’s historic, public endorsement of marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, and the citation of his Christian faith as a reason for his support. Faith leaders from all denominations weighed in on his speech, including Jewish groups, Unitarian Universalist churches, and many other Christian branches.

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