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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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A Public Statement from Metropolitan Community Churches

For Immediate Release: May 8, 2005

Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) Endorse Public Action, Candlelight Vigil at Boy Scouts of American's Annual Conference Group Calls For End to BSA's Discriminatory Policies Against Gays, Atheists

Los Angeles -- The international movement of Metropolitan Community Churches today endorsed the public actions and candlelight vigil to take place on May 24 at the Boy Scouts of America's Annual Conference in
Grapevine, Texas.

The Reverend Dr. Cindi Love, Executive Director of Metropolitan Community Churches, will represent MCC. At a related press conference sponsored by "Scouting for All," she will call on the Boy Scouts of America to rescind policies that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender variation and religious conviction.

The Boy Scouts of America prohibit membership to gays and atheists.

"Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) are committed to creating welcoming places for all members of the human family," said Dr. Love. "MCC stands in solidarity with "Scouting For All" in the ongoing campaign to open the Boy Scouts of America to gay members and to atheists. We call upon all people of goodwill to stand against discrimination."

"The policies of the Boy Scouts of America violate the ideals of tolerance, respect, and acceptance," added Dr. Love. "It is long past time for the Boy Scouts to end policies that are harmful to children and youth, and that exclude potential members based on personal or religious prejudice."

MCC is the world's largest faith community with a primary, affirming ministry to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender persons. MCC includes more than 43,000 members and adherents in 250 congregations in 23
counties around the globe. Each year, more than 225,000 persons attend programs and services of MCC churches.

Additional information on MCC can be found on-line at

For Additional Information, Contact:
Jim Birkitt
MCC Communications Department
8704 Santa Monica Boulevard, 2nd Floor
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Tel. (310) 360-8640, Ext 226
Fax. (310) 360-8680




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