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April 03, 2013

Boy Scouts Rejects Utah Gay Group's Bid to Sponsor Troop

The Boy Scouts of America, which is set to vote next month on whether to drop its national ban on homosexual members, has turned down a Utah lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender advocacy group's application to sponsor a troop, according to The Salt Lake Tribune and NBC News.

The Utah Pride Center submitted its request to regional scouting body the Great Salt Lake Council in late February, asserting that its chapter would comply with current Boy Scouts rules and the prospective troop leaders and scouts named in its application were all heterosexual.

The council referred questions about the application to the Boy Scouts of America, saying that "this was a national decision." Deron Smith, a spokesman for the national group, said that based on the Pride Center's mission, "we do not believe a chartered partner relationship is beneficial to Scouting."