Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor
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Activist groups, including Scouting for All, urge President Obama not to accept the honorary Presidency of the Boy Scouts of America until they stop discriminating.
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Editorial: United Way opts for fair treatment
New non-discrimination policy is a good answer to dispute over Scouts and gays
The United Way of Pierce County's new non-discrimination policy is a fair, thoughtful and workable response
to a polarizing moral issue.
More importantly, it answers the controversy over gays and the Boy Scouts with a consensus built on months of
extensive community dialogue and effort to reach a solution all sides can live with.
The fact that the local United Way's board of directors voted unanimously for the new policy Friday does not
mean that local Scouts will be cut off from United Way funding. In fact, the hope and intent of all parties involved
in the United Way's decision is that the long and successful partnership between United Way and the Boy Scouts
But there will be changes. The new policy for the first time declares that services receiving funding from the
United Way's community investment process may not discriminate on the basis of "age, sex, race, sexual orientation,
national origin, creed, or presence of a disability, and when the denial of service is unrelated to the need for
or delivery of the service."
Local Boy Scout programs will continue to receive United Way funding through June 2003. By that time, one of
two things must happen: Either the national Scouting organization gives local affiliates more flexibility in devising
local policies on gay participation, or the local organization devises Scout programs that meet the United Way's
The latter approach was adopted last year by the King County United Way after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld
the Scouts' right to exclude homosexuals. Instead of sending an unrestricted allocation to the Scouts, the King
County United Way instead funds a school-based Scouting program called Learning for Life, which is open to all
Pierce County contributors who wish their United Way contributions to go to the Boy Scouts can still use the
long-established Donor Voice option to direct their gifts or prevent their gifts from going to any group. But United
Way's large communal pot of unrestricted funds, allocated by a committee of community volunteers, will be governed
by the new policy.
The United Way's new policy may not satisfy the most militant believers on either side of the fierce debate
over Scout policy toward gays. But it is a constructive compromise, one that still puts the United Way of Pierce
County where it should be -- firmly on the record against discrimination in all its forms.