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Scout charter battle – Group honored since 1916

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Some Democrats want Congress to repeal the Boy Scouts’ honorary charter because of the group’s policy against gays, the Associated Press reported July 19.

“We’re not saying they’re bad,” Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., told AP. “We’re saying intolerance is bad, and I don’t see any reason why the federal government should be supporting it. Woolsey planned to introduce legislature July 19 that would repeal the federal charter of the Boy Scouts.

Congress gives charters to patriotic, charitable and educational organizations as an honorary recognition of their work. About 90 groups have them. The Boy Scouts got its charter in 1916.

Boy Scouts representative Gregg Shields said the group is only one of many recognized by Congress that limit membership to certain people, such as Jewish War Veterans U.S.A.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 28 that the Boy Scouts can bar gays from serving as troop leaders.

For full story, go to America Online.

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