Marriott hotels were founded by John Willard Marriott and are currently run by his son, Bill Marriott, who are devout members of the Mormon Church. But the Marriotts refused to contribute to Prop 8 campaigns and have offered domestic-partner benefits since the late 1980s.
Last Election Day more than $30 million dollars was spent by the combined pro and anti-gay marriage coalitions. I witnessed first-hand the amount of money they were trying to raise, simply to keep up with anti-gay organizations "protecting marriage" for the 50 percent of heterosexual ones that don't end in divorce. I wondered why we had to waste so much money on issues like this when there are 17 million children in the United States who don't have access to sufficient food.
Calling Christians and churches to continue, if not expand, their support for the Boy Scouts of America should it lift the ban on gay scouts. Two ministers argue that their experiences and oaths as Eagle Scouts are entirely consistent with—and will be deepened by—this proposed policy change. This letter will be shared with the BSA Executive Board as a witness to our supportive organizing.
Media coverage of the Boy Scouts policy change has fallen into a familiar trap, leading to the conclusion that there is no religious support for changing the ban on gay scouts. But religious groups have been advocating for a Boy Scout policy change, some for years.
This week's religion news summary features the potential lift of the ban on gay participants in the Boy Scouts of America, important steps toward equality among religious communities, and the return of Ru.