Furor over proposed shift in Scouts no-gays policy

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Boy Scouts of America faces criticism from the left and right over its proposal to move away from a mandatory no-gays membership policy and allow troop sponsors to decide the matter for themselves.

The Human Rights Campaign, a gay-rights group that initially welcomed the possible shift, said Thursday that it was inadequate and urged the Scouts to adopt a nationwide policy to accept gays as scouts and adult leaders.

The Human Rights Campaign said any corporation that continued to donate funds to the Scouts if any troops were allowed to discriminate would lose points in an annual evaluation of how corporations deal with gay-related workplace issues.

Meanwhile, conservative groups which support the no-gays policy asked their followers to flood Scout headquarters with phone calls opposing any change.

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