Resolution on the ALSC/Boy Scouts Relationship

Adopted at 1994 Midwinter Meeting

Whereas the Boy Scouts of America has a stated policy of discrimination against gays and lesbians and through this policy fosters and promotes homophobia in our society;

Whereas the Boy Scouts of America portrays itself as a secular organization open to all boys of certain ages, but in fact requires new members to sign a God oath, in effect discriminating against humanists, atheists, and other non-believers; and

Whereas corporations, charitable foundations, and others are recognizing that these policies of the Boy Scouts of America are inconsistent with the notions of equality and justice for all and have accordingly severed relationships with the Boy Scouts of America; and

Whereas the American Library Association has traditionally been in the for on the promotion of equality for gays and lesbians, most notably with their policy 54.3 and others, and has also opposed discrimination based on religion and belief;

Therefore Be It Resolved that the Social Responsibilities Round Table urge that the Association for Library Service to Children sever its relationship with the Boy scouts of America until such time as these policies are ended.

SRRT Newsletter Issue 112, p. 5