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Connecticut Scout Leaders Watching For Decision On Gay Members

Every few years, Manchester resident Jason P. Scappaticci receives a phone call from the Boy Scouts of America asking him to make a donation. He always turns them down.

They call me and I say, ‘No, I’m gay,’ and they say, ‘Oh, okay, thank you for your time,’ and hang up,” Scappaticci said.

Scappaticci, 31, was named an Eagle Scout – the youth program’s highest rank – in his sophomore year of high school. Two years later, when Scappaticci came out as gay, he was no longer active in the Boy Scouts, which bans openly gay members.

The Hartford Courant
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June 11, 2012

Signatures On Anti-Gay Petitions in Dispute

The Secretary of State’s office found almost 1,000 potentially invalid signatures on petitions to block marriage equality in Washington state.

The state’s Elections Division set aside 48 disputed petitions from a paid signature gatherer working for Preserve Marriage and the National Organization for Marriage.

KING 5 News
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June 11, 2012

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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The Village Voice Covers LGBT Involvement to End 'Stop & Frisk' Policy

An historic coalition of traditional race-oriented civil rights organizations, labor unions, and LGBT groups met yesterday at the Stonewall Inn to endorse the upcoming SIlent March to End Stop and Frisk on Father's Day, June 17. The "press conference" featured an impressive roster of speakers -- including the Rev. Al Sharpton, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and NAACP President Benajmin Jealous -- and had anyone wanted to wipe out nearly every LGBT leader in the city, they could have done it with one strike.

The Village Voice
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June 6, 2012

NM Court Upholds Discrimination Ruling

A professional photographer who refused to take pictures of a gay couple’s commitment ceremony violated state anti-discrimination laws, the New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled.
The court on Thursday agreed with a previous ruling, in which a district court judge said the photo studio is considered public, similar to a restaurant or store, and cannot refuse service based on sexual orientation.

Associated Press
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June 6, 2012
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