Equality California
Equality California Issues Statement on Boy Scouts Delay of Vote to End Anti-Gay Ban
February 6, 2013

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Equality California Issues Statement on Boy Scouts Delay of Vote to End Anti-Gay Ban

(San Francisco) Today, the Boy Scouts of America announced that, after a flood of public comment, they would not be making a decision on ending their policy of excluding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from participating in scouting as scouts or den leaders. Instead, they will be deliberating further before producing a resolution for BSA membership to vote on in May 2013.

We are disappointed that the Boy Scouts are postponing their decision to update their membership policies — instead of moving forward with the rest of the country, the Scouts are delaying their future as an organization that embraces full equality.

The world is changing, and in order to prepare young men for their lives in that world, the BSA must update their policies.

California does not tolerate discrimination, and we believe in a Boy Scouts that does not tolerate discrimination either. EQCA will do everything in its power to challenge this kind of discrimination in California.

Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization in California. Over the past decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to a state with some of the most comprehensive human rights protections in the nation. Equality California has partnered with legislators to successfully sponsor more than 90 pieces of pro-equality legislation. EQCA continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org

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