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Scouting organization to demonstrate for equality Friday

A national scouting alumni organization will be campaigning at the Boy Scouts of America's Baltimore Council Headquarters Friday to promote internal legislation concerning the acceptance of openly gay members.

At 12:30 p.m., Scouts for Equality will begin a Council Day of Action in an effort to encourage the Council's national representatives to vote in favor of pending BSA resolutions that will reevaluate bans on gay youth and other issues. The advocacy group is aiming to convey the support it has from local scouts and parents for expanding inclusiveness and equality in scouting.

"While Boy Scouts of America appears to be making strides towards changing its policies, we are urging the Baltimore Area Council to join our push for all-inclusive Scouting, which will allow both Scouts and their adult leaders to enjoy the enriching benefits of Scouting, regardless of their sexual orientation," said Joel Wanger, Regional Field Director for Scouts for Equality, in a press release Thursday.

On May 23, the representatives will be voting on controversial BSA policies at the group's annual meeting in Irving, Texas. The organization has been increasingly losing members and facing scrutiny for these policies, which prohibit gay participants, atheists and agnostics from serving or leading in its scouting program. It initially proposed lifting bans on openly gay youth last month.

The Day of Action will be located at the council's headquarters at 701 Wyman Park Drive.

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