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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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Mark LaFontaine, Eagle Scout was accepted as a Member of NESA, the National Eagle Scouts Association and then was Denied because Mark is Gay

Man who fought exclusion of gays in scouts is denied Eagle Scout membership
Date: January 24, 2001
Publication: Sun-Sentinel
Writer: Megan O'Matz

Summary: Mark LaFontaine, who became an Eagle Scout in 1983 and who has been active in protesting BSA's policy of excluding gays was accepted into the National Eagle Scout Association, then received a letter notifying him that his membership was being revoked. The group, however, has cashed his membership check. Terry C. Lawson is the director of NESA, which is akin to an alumni association, that raises money and encourages support of local Boy Scout troops and councils, says that the association has the right to refuse membership. LaFontaine attracted attention in September when he and another man arrived at the South Florida Council in Miami Lakes to apply to be troop leaders, but was rejected because of his homosexuality. LaFontaine sent a copy of his membership certificate to the council office where he appealed the denial, and it was after that that LaFontaine received his revocation letter.




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