Boy Scouts Warned About Discrimination

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York's attorney general's office has written to the Boy Scouts of America nationally advising that state and city laws prohibit hiring discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The letter from Civil Rights Bureau Chief Kristen Clarke to Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock notes the organization's national policy adopted in 2013 prohibits denying youth membership based on orientation but bans openly gay adults.

The New York City chapter recently hired the nation's first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader anyway, in keeping with its own policy, and says there's been "no comment or feedback" from the national office.

In the letter, Clarke requests documents about the national group's ban on openly gay adults, its influence locally and any hiring rejections based on sexual orientation in New York.


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