Gay Scout Troops Are Acceptable In Canada

On June 30th, 800,000 people marched in Toronto’s annual gay and lesbian parade, many of whom were there to show their support for the world’s first official gay and lesbian Scout troop. The cheers and encouragement drew sharp contrast to the US Supreme Court decision last Wednesday, which gave Boy Scouts of America the right to exclude gay members. The Court made the decision on the basis that an organization has the right to decide association, and that homosexuality was not in sync with the organization’s commitment to have “morally straight” members. Andy McLaughlin, spokesperson for Scouts Canada said, “Sexual orientation has no bearing on the ability of a person to participate in or deliver our programs.”


New York Times, 3 July 2000

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