BILL PRESENTED BY REP. LYNN WOOLSEY TO CANCEL BOY SCOUT FEDERAL CHARTER
"Federal charters are prestigious distinctions awarded to organizations with a patriotic, charitable or educational purpose. Although intended as an honorific title, a Federal charter implies Government support for such organizations. In 1916, the Federal Government granted a Federal charter to the Boy Scouts of America. Although Boy Scouts of America promotes the social and civic development of young boys through mentoring, it also sets an example of intolerance through its discriminatory policy regarding sexual orientation. Federal support for the Boy Scouts of America indirectly supports the organization's policy to exclude homosexuals. A policy of excluding homosexuals is contradictory to the Federal Government's support for diversity and tolerance and should not be condoned as patriotic, charitable or educational. Chapter 309 of title 36, United States Code, which grants a federal charter to the Boy Scouts of America is repealed."