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LA Severs Relationship with Boy Scouts

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to cut all of the city’s ties with the Boy Scouts of America, citing the Scout’s discrimination against gays. LA city law prohibits affiliation with any group that practices discrimination. This law will require all LA city offices to end their affiliations with the Scouts, despite the US Supreme Court’s June ruling that the Boy Scouts of America have the right to discriminate against gay members of the private organization. The Boy Scouts will now be charged fees to use the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation facilities, and the LA Police Department’s Explorers unit, a Boy Scouts cadet training program, will be replaced with an alternative program.

Sources:

Rueters _ November 29, 2000; LA Times _ November 29, 2000