Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor
From Fox News:
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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Johnson County, Iowa, United Way Chair Resigns over Support of Boy Scouts
From The Gazette (Cedar Rapids)
Published Wednesday, April 25, 2001
BYLINE: By Erin Walter
SUMMARIZED BY: Jim Simms
Gary Levitz has resigned as the organization's campaign chair because of the group's support of the Boy Scouts.
Gary Levitz stated in a letter to the United Way Board of Directors and staff April 17 that he was stepping
down as campaign chair because he feels supporting the Boy Scouts of America, which does not admit homosexuals,
fosters discrimination. Levitz and his wife, Randi, tied with another couple for the largest contribution ever
to the Johnson County United Way with a gift
Levitz feels the group has taken only superficial steps to address the conflict between the missions of the Boy
Scouts and United Way.
The author notes that a task force will review the local United Way's involvement with all affiliate groups, including
the Boy Scouts. Levitz felt the United Way should create a non-discrimination policy and ask all affiliated groups
In the 2000 campaign, this local United Way distributed $ 15,867 to the Boy Scouts of America Hawkeye Area Council.
Ed Brandon, their executive said there is pressure on the national arm of the Boy Scouts to review its policy.
According to the article local Scout leaders say they do not bring up the issue of sexuality and encourage tolerance