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Scouts delay decision on admitting gays
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- A spokesman for the Mormon church says the Boy Scouts "acted wisely" in putting off any decision about whether to admit gays as scouts or adult leaders. The Mormons are among the religious groups that have urged the Scouts not to end their current ban on gays.
Scout officials decided that any decision on changing the policy on gays will be up to the 1,400 voting members of the group's national council at a meeting in Texas in May. The organization's executive board will prepare a resolution to be voted on by the council.
A proposed change would have allowed individual troops to decide whether to admit gays. But gay rights groups said no Scout units should be allowed to exclude gays. And some conservatives, including religious leaders whose churches sponsor troops, said there would be large numbers of defections from the Scouts if the policy were to be changed.
A Boy Scouts spokesman says there's been "an outpouring of feedback from the American public" in the past couple of weeks.
Gay rights supporters are critical of the delay. Jennifer Tyrell, an Ohio mother who was removed from her post as a Cub Scout volunteer because she's a lesbian said, "A Scout is supposed to be brave, and the Boy Scouts failed to be brave today."
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Posted: Saturday, February 9 2013, 02:20 PM CST
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Judge orders Okla. pastor to trial on murder count
May 25, 2013 19:32 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A judge says the pastor of an Oklahoma City church must stand trial in the shooting death of his son-in-law.
Fifty-three-year old Michael Elder is charged in the death of 27-year-old Gary Davidson last February. Davidson was married to Elder's daughter.
The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/16Wg62Z ) that Judge Ray C. Elliott on Friday ordered Elder to stand trial after Davidson's wife and girlfriend each told different stories. April Davidson said she feared for her life while fighting with Davidson in the front seat of a pickup truck. Judith Chism said Davidson was trying to exit the truck from a rear seat when he was shot.
Defense lawyers have argued Davidson fired the gun in self-defense.
Elder is senior pastor at The Cross Baptist Church. He was being held without bail.
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