By Neal Broverman
Originally published on Advocate.com January 28 2013 11:44 AM ET
A Boy Scouts troop in Maryland that operated with a nondiscrimination policy will return to "don't ask, don't tell" after the antigay national organization threatened to yank their charter.
Pack 442 of Cloverly, Md. recently adopted an nondiscrimination policy allowing openly gay scouts and leaders, but according to Pack 442's website, the national organization "contacted us a few weeks ago pressuring us to remove our statement, we attempted to negotiate a rewording of the statement that would represent a compromise on the matter, but ultimately [National Capital Area Council] leadership felt only removal of the statement would be acceptable."
The equality-minded pack acquiesced to pressure from the parent organization, releasing the following statement on their website this weekend:
"Due to pressure from the National Capital Area Council of BSA, Pack 442 was forced to remove its Non-Discrimination statement in order to keep our Charter (set to expire Jan. 31st).This Non-Discrimination statement, previously posted here, welcomed ALL families. Please feel free to send feeback to NCAC at 301-530-9360."