25th May 2013
Obama praises Boy Scouts’ progress but wants gay leaders too 8
11:18 AM — US President Barack Obama has praised the Boy Scouts of America for opening up their membership to gay youth, but reaffirmed his belief that leadership opportunities in the organisation should be available to gay adults.
24th May 2013
Bryan Fischer says forced drowning ‘would be better’ than inclusion in the Boy Scouts 40
6:29 PM — Anti-gay Christian radio host Bryan Fischer has tweeted his distaste at the decision to allow gay members into the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), tweeting a bible reference suggesting drowning would be better than inclusion.
Governor Rick Perry: ‘I am greatly disappointed’ that the Boy Scouts will allow gay members 25
1:09 AM — Texas Governor Rick Perry, has voiced his disappointment at the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) decision to lift its national ban on gay youth members.
Boy Scouts of America: We will not ‘not sacrifice our mission’ over gay members 9
12:39 AM — The Boy Scouts of America has released an official statement noting that it has lifted its ban on gay youth members, saying that it would "not sacrifice its mission" over the "societal issue" of whether to allow gay members.
US: Boy Scouts of America lifts national ban on gay youth members 18
12:04 AM — The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) on Thursday ended its long-time ban on gay youth members, after its national council voted to lift the national ban.
23rd May 2013
US: Boy Scouts council to vote on lifting ban on gay members 1
5:39 PM — The Boy Scouts of America will today decide on whether or not to lift a historic ban on gay members, as is national council will vote on a resolution to lift the ban.
US Boy Scouts President: Allowing gay boy scouts would be ‘the right decision’ 2
4:58 PM — The President of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has written an editorial piece explaining why he supports the potential decision to allow gay youth members into the organisation.
22nd May 2013
US: Boy Scouts of America to vote on whether to allow gay members 3
6:48 PM — The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is today to convene a two-day meeting, of 1,400 local leaders, in order to consider allowing gay members into the organisation.
19th May 2013
US: Boy Scouts vote on gay members set for 23 May
12:11 AM — The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have revealed that a decision on whether to allow openly gay scouts to be members will be held on Thursday 23 May, after a drawn-out period of deliberation which has revealed deep divisions on the issue.
15th May 2013
US: Lawyer tweets cartoon suggesting gay scout leaders would trick boy scouts into sex 21
2:54 PM — A Christian lawyer in the US has tweeted a cartoon which suggests that, if the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), lifted its ban on gay scout leaders, as well as possibly lifting the ban on gay members, gay men will use the position to sexually abuse scouts.
13th May 2013
Ernst & Young CEO says he wishes Boy Scouts had ‘gone further’ for inclusivity 1
7:37 PM — Ernst and Young CEO James Turley, a member of the board for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), has spoken out to say that he wishes the organisation had "gone further", to be inclusive of gay members, volunteers and staff.
NBC’s gay sitcom The New Normal cancelled after just one season 22
2:05 PM — US television network NBC has announced that its new sitcom The New Normal, which features a gay couple and the surrogate mother of their child, has been cancelled after just one season, amidst falling ratings.
10th May 2013
University professor: Allowing gay Boy Scouts will put them ‘up for grabs’ by ‘sexual predators’ and communists 40
3:58 PM — A professor at a private Christian university in the US has said that allowing gay volunteers, members and staff in the Boy Scouts of America would lead to communism, and will "literally" put the scouts "up for grabs" to "sexual predators".
9th May 2013
US: 50-year Boy Scout veteran resigns, citing anti-gay policy 2
10:19 PM — A member of the Boy Scouts of America for over 50 years has resigned over the organisation's discriminatory policy which does not allow openly gay volunteers, members or staff.
Poll: Most Americans support lifting ban on gay scouts and on gay adult leaders 1
4:08 PM — 63% of Americans support allowing gay scouts to join the Boy Scouts of America, according to a new poll.
8th May 2013
US: LA Boy Scouts chapter breaks with national policy and wants to include gay leaders
5:52 PM — The Western Los Angeles County branch of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is the latest chapter to go against the BSA's proposed policy, which would lift its ban on gay members, but maintain its ban on gay leaders and staff.
3rd May 2013
US columnist: If it allows gay members the Boy Scouts will ‘indoctrinate’ children into ‘hedonism’ 32
4:58 PM — A US Christian columnist has taken aim a the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), saying that it should not change its policy to allow gay members, because straight boy scouts will be branded "bigots" if they do not succumb to the “sexual advances” of gay members.
US radio host: Ohio school had “no option but to fire” teacher for being gay 17
2:53 PM — A US radio host has spoken out about the recent sacking of a lesbian teacher in the US state of Ohio, because she named her partner in her mother's obituary, to say the school had "no option but to fire her".
1st May 2013
American Family Association: Gay rights has turned the world ‘upside down’ 15
6:11 PM — A spokesman for the anti-gay American Family Association has lamented about the advancement of gay rights, and expressed a distaste at the idea that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), may lift its ban on gay members.
30th April 2013
US radio host: If they allow gay members, ‘what will Boy Scout leaders say to Jesus when they meet him?’ 23
3:59 PM — A US Christian radio host has questioned what the "monster" Boy Scouts of America's leaders will "say to Jesus when the meet him", if they allow gay members.