Md. Cub Scout pack in flap over anti-bias stance

WASHINGTON — A Cub Scout pack in Maryland says it’s been forced to remove an anti-discrimination statement from its website in order to keep its charter.

Pack 442, which is based in the suburbs of Washington, said it pulled a statement affirming its position against discrimination based on sexual orientation under pressure.

That statement runs afoul of Boy Scouts of America’s membership policy, which currently excludes gays as scouts or leaders.

The Boy Scouts council that represents the Washington region says it worked with the unit to reach an “amicable resolution. National Capital Area Council says that while there’s impassioned debate about the Boy Scouts’ membership standards, local units must nonetheless adhere to the national policies.

The dispute comes even as the Boy Scouts considers easing its no-gay policy.

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