A number of churches that previously sponsored Boy Scout troops have said they plan to sever ties to the organization following its decision to lift a longtime national ban on admitting openly gay Scouts. Openly gay adults will still be barred from leadership roles in the organization.
On the heels of NBA player Jason Collins' announcement earlier this month that he is gay -- making him the first active team athlete in a major American sport to declare such -- we have another basketball player announcing the same.
On May 24, Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives passed a comprehensive LGBT rights bill, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, governmental services, public accommodations, and private entities. Gov. Alejandro García Padilla has pledged to sign the bill into law.
On May 24th, just a week after speaking at a vigil in honor of Mark Carson, Eugene Lovendusky became a victim of another anti- gay hate crime in New York City's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. Eugene's attack is the ninth anti-LGBT attack for the month of May and the 27th since the start of the New Year.
Positive reactions from faith organizations continue to surface in response to the vote dropping the ban on gay scouts. The Religious Institute, The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists, and the Jewish community all speak in favor of the Boy Scouts of America's new change.
Religious supporters of the BSA vote say they are celebrating — and expecting more progressive congregations to sponsor Scout troops — while holding out hope that the Scouts eventually will approve gay leaders