James Dale was kicked out of the Boy Scouts of America after his 12 year membership was revoked because his local New Jersey newspaper disclosed his sexual orientation after an interview he took part in at a seminar on the health needs of lesbian and gay teenagers at the age of 19.
Anti-gay activists from Alliance Defending Freedom presented less than 19,000 signatures to the Boy Scouts of America requesting that they keep in place their anti-gay membership policy. This compared to the 1.8 million presented in a petition by Scouts for Equality.
Thanks to newly-released hidden camera footage, now all Americans can watch the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) fire Eric
The Catholic Church, in a letter to Scouts for Equality (SFE), states that it is "hopeful" about the future of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) even if it votes to include openly gay scouts later this week.
Time Magazine published an article covering Thursday's vote within the Boy Scouts of America to drop their ban on gay members. The reporter, Elizabeth Dias, covered the work of both pro- and anti-gay organizations, including the work of GLAAD, Change.org, and Scouts for Equality (SFE).
The Connecticut Yankee Council of the Boy Scouts of America has announced that it will open to gay youth and adults.
Just days before 1,400 members of the Boy Scouts of America National Council converge in Dallas to vote on a resolution critical to equality in Scouting, Time Magazine has published an op-ed written by a gay employee of the Boy Scouts, calling for a repeal of the ban on gay Scouts and leaders. The author wished to remain anonymous, but shared a wealth of information on how much the anti-gay ban has damaged the viability and reputation of the Scouts, hurt efforts to recruit more Scouts, and taken its toll on his own well-being.
To give an accurate representation of where people of faith stand on marriage equality, let's look at some of the major denominations that support scouts for a quick recap. GLAAD has created a handy graphic that shows which denominations support inclusive scouting for all.