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msnbc host Thomas Roberts (right) competes in the Pine Wood Derby. Scouts make and design race cars to compete against each other. (Photo provided by Thomas Roberts)

Tommy was a Boy Scout

05/24/13 04:30PM

"On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight." - Boy Scout Pledge Yep, I was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout in the 1980s. And I have the pictures to prove it. I even came in second in the Pine Wood Derby one year. My Mom still has the wooden car. My mother, Michelle, was the chairperson of Troop 750, which was sponsored by Church of the Immaculate Conception, a Roman Catholic parish in Towson, Md. read more

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 22:  A member of Scouts for Equality holds an unofficial knot patch incorporating the colors of the rainbow, a symbol for gay rights(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Boy Scouts vote to let in gay kids, but not gay adults

05/23/13 07:23PM

The Boy Scouts of America on Thursday voted to lift its ban on openly gay children, in what LGBT advocates hope will be the first step toward bringing full equality to one of the nation’s oldest and most prominent leadership institutions. 
 The 1,400 voting members of BSA’s national council convened in Grapevine, Texas, for their two-day annual meeting to, among other things, vote on a proposal that ends the Boy Scouts’ policy of discrimination against gay youths. The new policy, which passed with more than 60% of the vote, still excludes openly gay adults from participation. 
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File Photo: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., left, confers with Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., right, following a weekly House GOP strategy session, at the Capitol, Tuesday, May 8, 2012.  (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/ AP Photo)

Anti-abortion bill goes before all-male House panel. Déjà vu, anyone?

05/23/13 03:37PM

House lawmakers considered yet another anti-abortion bill on Thursday, this one courtesy of Arizona Rep. Trent Franks—whose earlier works included a bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy for anyone living in the District of Columbia. Since that bill drew fire from D.C. residents and never made it to the House floor for a vote, Franks went back to the drawing board and decided to expand the proposed ban to apply to everyone in the nation. read more

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A polygamy problem? Rumsfeld on marriage equality

05/22/13 08:09PM

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld couldn’t say whether or not he supported marriage equality in an interview this week with Larry King, but he did suggest that allowing gay couples to marry could kind of, sort of, lead to polygamy. “I listened to some of the Supreme Court justices and one of them said, ‘Well, what’s next after that? Is it two people, three people?” said Rumsfeld before being cut off by King, who reminded the 80-year-old of his strong Congressional record as a civil rights advocate. read more

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