Senator refuses award from anti-gay Boy Scouts of America

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By Ryan Collett

A state Senator from New Jersey refused to accept an award from the Boy Scouts of America in protest of their discriminatory policies against homosexuals.

Sen. Raymond Lesniak was due to be given an honorary award from the Patriots Path Council, a local branch of the Boy Scouts of America at an award banquet. Earlier this year, the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed their stance banning homosexuals from the organization.

When extended the award, Lesniak, one of the chief proponents behind a bill allowing gay marriage in New Jersey, said in a statement, “I cannot accept. I don’t intend to discount all the good works of the Boy Scouts, but their misguided policy of not allowing LGBT people is very troubling to me.”

Lesniak, a Democrat, has been a member of the New Jersey Senate since 1983 after previously serving in the New Jersey General Assembly.

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