7th February 2013
Poll: Majority of US voters would like the Boy Scouts to drop its gay ban 6
2:58 AM — A new poll has found that a majority of US voters think the Boy Scouts of America should drop its ban on gay scouts, volunteers and staff.
6th February 2013
Video: CNN host challenges defender of scouts gay ban who likens homosexuality to paedophilia 11
4:56 PM — A CNN host has challenged the head of a Christian right-wing group who, in defending the Boy Scouts of American's ban on gay members, linked homosexuality to paedophilia, and said that being gay was a choice.
US: Debate heats up as Boy Scouts expected to give decision on gay ban today 1
4:00 PM — The Boy Scouts of America is expected to give a decision today on a vote by its board on whether to drop its ban on gay members, volunteers and staff.
29th January 2013
US: Anti-gay conservative groups appalled that Boy Scouts may drop homophobic ban 12
11:45 AM — Equality campaigners have welcomed an announcement by the Boy Scouts of America that it may drop its national ban on gay members – although evangelical conservatives have criticised the move.
28th December 2012
Poll: 52% of Americans say Boy Scouts should not allow openly gay Scout leaders 19
11:56 AM — A majority of Americans say the Boy Scouts of America should not allow openly gay Scout leaders, according to a Gallup poll released earlier this month.
17th November 2012
US: Synagogues terminate relationship with Boy Scouts of America over homophobic policies 43
12:46 PM — Synagogues and other Jewish organisations across the United States are terminating their relationships with the Boy Scouts of America over its policy of discriminating against gay members and leaders.
9th October 2012
US: Scout denied Eagle badge invited onto the Ellen Degeneres Show 11
10:33 PM — An 18-year-old Boy Scout from Moraga, California, who was denied the Eagle Scout badge after coming out as gay, despite completing all of the requirements, has been invited onto the Ellen Degeneres Show this Thursday.
22nd September 2012
Intel ends funding of Boy Scouts troops that discriminate against gay members and leaders 17
11:35 AM — Intel, one of the largest corporate donors of the Boy Scouts of America has confirmed that it will drop all funding to troops that apply the organisation’s discriminatory polices towards LGBT children and leaders.
8th August 2012
Obama opposes Scouts anti-gay discrimination 8
11:37 PM — President Obama is opposed to the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay members, volunteers and staff, his spokesman said today. He is the honorary president of the Scouts group.
7th August 2012
Mitt Romney ‘supports rights of gay Scout members’ 17
10:34 PM — US presidential candidate Mitt Romney is against many gay rights measures, but he does back the right of gay people to join the Scouts. In 1994, he said that while the Boy Scouts of American should be free to set its own policies, he agreed that it should allow gay people to be members, staff and volunteers.
25th July 2012
California scouts staff return badges over dismissal of gay Eagle Scout 17
11:07 PM — Ten scouts staff in northern California have returned their badges to protest the firing of an openly gay 22-year-old Eagle Scout. The Eagle Scout, Tim Griffin, says his sexual orientation was not previously a problem.
18th July 2012
US: Dismissed lesbian den mother takes petition to Scouts 7
11:41 PM — A den mother dismissed by the Boy Scouts of America because she is a lesbian has taken a 300,000 signature petition to the organisation's headquarters.
17th July 2012
US: Boy Scouts will keep ban on gay people 32
11:10 PM — The Boy Scouts of America has announced it will retain its ban on gay members, volunteers and staff. Since 1991, it has stated that homosexuality is inconsistent with the Scout Oath.
7th June 2012
Boy Scouts of America to review gay leader ban 15
4:03 PM — Presented with a 275,000 strong petition, the Boy Scouts of America will review a motion to allow individual units to lift the ban on gay leaders if they choose, but a spokesman has said there is no plan to amend the policy.
1st May 2012
Boy Scouts of America official resigns in protest over expulsion of gay mother 14
2:44 PM — A regional official of the Boy Scouts of America has resigned in protest at the expulsion of a gay mother from her son's group for being a lesbian.
18th April 2012
Boy Scouts of America petitioned to change gay exclusion policy 24
11:42 AM — A gay mother in Ohio has started a petition calling on the Boy Scouts of America to reverse its stance on expelling gay youths and leaders from the organisation.
21st October 2010
Gay dad ‘forced out’ by US Scouts 29
4:50 PM — The father of a nine-year-old says he was forced to give up a leadership role in the Scouts because he is gay. Jon Langbert of Dallas, Texas, is openly gay and says he was given a 'leader' t-shirt by the Scouts group last year which he wore with pride.