Posted July 21, 2012

MLS halts partnership with Boy Scouts days after BSA reaffirmed ban on gays

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The MLS, led by commissioner Don Garber, announced it ended a partnership with the Boy Scouts of America. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Major League Soccer said Friday that it will no longer partner with the Boy Scouts of America after only one season, The Dallas Morning News’ Scott K. Parks reported.

MLS did not give a specific reason for the end of the partnership, which had lasted only since January. But on Wednesday, the Boy Scouts announced, after a near two-year review, that it had reaffirmed its policy to exclude “open or avowed homosexuals” from membership in the organization.

“The committee’s work and conclusion is that this policy reflects the beliefs and perspectives of the BSA’s members, thereby allowing Scouting to remain focused on its mission and the work it is doing to serve more youth,” the organization said in a statement.

A Boy Scout spokesman told The Dallas Morning News that the organization “wishes MLS the best as it continues to work towards its mission.”

On January 12, the two organizations announced an “alliance” that provided “avenues for the league to support the BSA’s youth-focused program of athleticism, character, and leadership.