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It was just announced that rock band 3 Doors Down will be performing at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree tomorrow according to the Associated Press. The band is stepping in following withdrawals from Train and Carly Rae Jepsen as a result of a campaign launched by GLAAD and Eagle Scout Derek Nance, who started a Change.org petition which received over 60,000 signatures. The Change.org petition asked them to not perform until the Boy Scouts of America adopt a national non-discrimination policy that would end the BSA's practice of ejecting gay young people and adults.
Father Peter Daly, a The National Catholic Reporter columnist, published an op-ed praising the recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to include gay youth. Father Daly, a pastor and former Scout, outlines why it is in the Church's and BSA's best interests to support inclusion for all Scouts.
Gay Boy Scouts are apparently welcome at the National Scout Jamboree, Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) Jamboree director, Larry Pritchard, confirmed to the West Virginia Gazette on Thursday.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have banned Scouts and leaders from wearing their Scout uniforms at LGBT Pride events, BuzzFeed first reported today.
Caterpillar Inc. has announced that it will suspend any donations to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) because of the organization's discriminating policy against gay adults. The heavy equipment manufacturer says the move wasn't a direct result of the recent vote by the organization to allow gay youth but continue their ban on gay leaders, rather it was a result of discussions within the company following a donation request by the BSA for $25,00 in funds.
The Southern Baptist Church has approved a resolution of their "continued opposition to and disappointment" in the Scouts' decision this past May to open membership policies for openly gay youth.
The ELCA elected their first openly gay, Native-American bishop, and a gay Catholic priest opens up about his hidden life in the Catholic church. A Mormon basketball player becomes the first out college player at his small Catholic college, anti-LGBT tensions rise in Nigeria, and the UK sees its first Muslim lesbian partnership. Click through to read these stories and more in the religion news summary for June 5th, 2013.
A priest in Bremerton, Washington, has discontinued his parish's sponsorship of a Boy Scout troop in the wake of a vote to drop the ban on gay Scouts, while keeping the ban on gay Scout leaders. In a letter to parishioners, Fr. Derek Lappe demonstrates his animus toward LGBT people as a rationale for disassociating Our Lady Star of the Sea from the Boy Scouts.
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