Petition update

Boy Scouts of America votes to end century-old ban on gay scouts

Mark Anthony Dingbaum
Washington, DC

May 29, 2013 —
"Gay rights advocates gathered petitions with more than 1.8 million signatures in support of ending the ban while opponents collected about 250,000 signatures urging delegates to vote down the change.

Intel Corp, one of the largest corporate sponsors of the Boy Scouts, said last September it would stop supporting troops that continue to ban gay scouts. Intel donated about $700,000 in 2009, according to the American Independent magazine.

That announcement followed pressure from gay groups that launched a nationwide campaign on urging Intel to withdraw its support. United Parcel Service Inc, another major sponsor, followed suit in November, as did Merck & Co, according to the gay rights group GLAAD."

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