The Boy Scouts of America begin their annual national meeting in Grapevine on Wednesday, and the issue of gay members is front and center at this year’s two-day conference.
Under pressure over its long-standing ban on gays, the Boys Scouts of America is proposing to lift the ban for youth members but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders.
The Texas Legislature had outlawed homosexual activity. The Supreme Court declared the law unconstitutional, but Texas lawmakers have never formally repealed it.
Sexually active gay teens in Texas would get new legal protections under two bills scheduled to be considered Tuesday by state lawmakers.
Conservatives who oppose abortion, gay rights and premarital sex are set to gather as Gov. Rick Perry leads a rally in support of traditional values at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday.
Wearing a replica of one of the organization’s uniforms, pop singer Madonna called on the Boy Scouts to lift its ban on gays. “I think they should change their stupid rules,” she said.
The Boy Scouts have sent more than one million surveys to Scout volunteers and parents, trying gauge their feelings on homosexuality and the possible lifting of the organizations ban on gays.
Hundreds of people are in Austin to lobby Texas lawmakers to support equality for lesbians, gays and the transgendered, including the right to marry.
Carly Rae Jepsen is canceling her performance at the national Boy Scouts of America Jamboree because of the organization’s exclusion of gays.
Minnesota Vikings punter Chis Kluwe joined 105.3 The Fan’s Elf & Slater show on Thursday to discuss gay rights in the NFL
There were hopes that Boy Scout officials would vote today on changing the policy that excludes gay members and leaders. But late Wednesday morning, the Scouts announced they are delaying a decision because “more deliberation is needed.”
There were hopes that Boy Scouts officials would vote today on changing the policy excluding gay members and leaders. But late Wednesday morning, the Scouts announced that they are delaying a decision because “more deliberation is needed.”