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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The Boy Scouts of America said to the United Way, they will not sign an agreement promising
not to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in providing services to members.
From: Cox News Service
Published: May 29, 2001
BYLINE: By Tim O'Melia
SUMMARIZED BY: Jim Simms
SUMMARY: Boy Scouts' policy cuts support from United Way in Palm Beach, FL
The Boy Scouts of America said Tuesday they will not sign an agreement promising not to discriminate on the basis
of sexual orientation in providing services to members. This policy means the Boy Scouts will no longer belong
to the United Way of Palm Beach County, and the United Way's annual $120,836 contribution will end after June 30,
2002, because the organization excludes gay Scouts. The United Way of Palm Beach County recently voted to add sexual
orientation to a non-discrimination statement.
The county's other 58 agencies that receive United Way money have indicated they will sign.
The Community Chest/United Way of Palm Beach, which serves Palm Beach, South Palm Beach and Manalapan, will cut
off its $70,000 contribution to the Boy Scouts as well. United Way chapters in Martin and St. Lucie counties will
continue their support, which amounts to about $75,000. More than $300,000 of the Gulf Stream Council's $2.3 million
annual operating budget comes from United Way chapters. The Scouts raise about $500,000 from their annual "Friends
of Scouting" campaign and another $50,000 to $60,000 through events such as a golf tournament, an auction
and a corporate clay shoot.