Boy Scouts president defends gay tolerance compromise in final speech

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Dallas (AP) – Robert Gates became the Boy Scouts of America’s president facing deep divisions within the organization’s membership over whether to let gays serve openly in its ranks.

On May 26, Gates finished his two-year term by arguing the Scouts had overcome that challenge and were ready to reverse years of membership declines.

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Utah Senate rejects proposal to strenghthen LGBT protections

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Salt Lake City (AP) – Utah’s GOP-controlled Senate rejected a proposal to beef up the state’s hate crimes law and add protections for gay and transgender people.

The measure from Republican Sen. Steve Urquhart called for heavier punishments in crimes motivated by factors such as a victim’s race, gender and religion. It failed by six votes in the 29-member Senate. Lawmakers said they were concerned it could create special protections for some people and punish people for their thoughts.

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Boy Scouts membership falls 7 percent in decade-long decline

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The Boy Scouts of America’s youth membership fell 7.4 percent last year, continuing a decade-long decline for one of the nation’s oldest youth organizations, a spokesman said Jan. 16.

More than 2.4 million youth participated in its programs in 2014, along with just fewer than 1 million adults, spokesman Deron Smith said. Enrollment fell 6 percent the year before, and in previous years declined slightly or seen little to no change over the last decade.

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Duncan leaves MBA post

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Gina Duncan

Gina Duncan, president of the Metropolitan Business Association (MBA), has resigned. Duncan’s term was set to end Dec. 31, 2013, but her resignation will be effective on Dec. 1, 2012.

“It has been a true honor to have served this organization on the Board and as its President over these last four years,” Duncan wrote in her resignation letter. “I believe I am leaving the MBA in great shape organizationally, and financially, with the ability to continue the support and development of our LGBT Business Community.”

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