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The Boy Scouts of America announced Tuesday it has affirmed its policy of “not granting membership to open or avowed homosexuals.” …

The deputy executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Darlene Nipper, issued a statement calling the decision “deeply disappointing.”

"Once again, officials of the Boy Scouts of America have turned their backs on a chance to demonstrate fairness, exercise sound judgment, and serve as a role model for valuing others, free of bias and prejudice," she said. "This is deeply disappointing. Discrimination is never the right policy, period." …

The Boy Scout organization, which celebrated its centennial in 2010, says it is focused on mentoring 2.8 million young men and helping them develop life skills.


— excerpts from “Boy Scouts Leadership Affirms Policy of Excluding ‘Open or Avowed’ Gays" in CNN.com (Jul. 17, 2012)

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