NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP)- After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America has emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays, ruling out any changes despite relentless protest campaigns by critics.
The Scouts' national spokesman, Deron Smith, told The Associated Press that an 11-member special committee, formed discreetly in 2010, concluded that the exclusion policy is "absolutely the best policy" for the organization.
Smith said the committee, comprised of professional scout executives and adult volunteers, was unanimous in its conclusion - preserving a long-standing policy that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000 and has remained controversial ever since.
As a result of the committee's decision, Smith said the Scouts' national executive board will take no further action on a pending resolution asking for reconsideration of the membership policy.
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:24 AM EDT2013-05-25 14:24:55 GMT
CAPE MAY, New Jersey -Due to gale force winds, Cape May - Lewes Ferry officials have cancelled all operations for May 25. The ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape Ma and historic Lewes is expectedMore
Due to gale force winds, Cape May - Lewes Ferry officials have cancelled all operations for May 25.More
Friday, May 24 2013 1:34 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:34:05 GMT
WILMINGTON, Del.– Authorities say a Middletown-area registered sex offender has been arrested following a Delaware Child Predator Task Force investigation into the online distribution of child pornography. AccordingMore
Authorities say a Middletown-area registered sex offender has been arrested following a Delaware Child Predator Task Force investigation into the online distribution of child pornography.More
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:22 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:22:25 GMT
NEW YORK (AP)- This summer, high rollers are flying to lavish hot spots for their vacations. The rest of us are driving to less luxurious places like nearby campgrounds. The good news: At some U.S.More
Parents magazine recently named America's 10 best beach towns.
And Rehoboth Beach made the list. The beach town was named as one of several family vacation hotspots