Restricted funding – Gay rights group still upset

The exclusion of gays by the Boy Scouts of America has prompted a local United Way in Pennsylvania to require that all money it gives to two Scout groups be used to fund a program not subject to the Scouts’ anti-gay rules, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sept. 20.

The United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania is requiring that the Boy Scout Cradle of Liberty Council and the Chester County Boy Scouts use all United Way funds for Learning for Life, an affiliate program that aims to give urban youngsters character-based education in schools.

To secure United Way funding, the program must provide proof that it allows all children to participate in its activities, the Inquirer said.

The decision angered the Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Task Force, which has lobbied for years for the United Way to withhold all money from the Boy Scouts. The task force questions the inclusiveness of the program.

After a June Supreme Court ruling allowing the Boy Scouts to deny homosexuals membership, United Ways throughout the U.S. have reviewed their funding of Boy Scout chapters. Many United Way chapters have completely withdrawn their support of the scouts, the Inquirer said. 

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