February 13, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
D.C. hardware store drops Boy Scouts partnership
Ace Hardware, gay news, Washington Blade

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WASHINGTON—The owner of several D.C. hardware stores has canceled an event that promoted a Boy Scouts of America program.

Gina Schaefer, who owns seven Ace Hardware stores in the nation’s capital, had been promoting the Cub Scouts’ Soapbox Derby Race before she ended the promotion. A number of social media networks raised questions about it in light of the growing controversy over the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay scouts and troop leaders.

The Boy Scouts of America last week announced it would delay a decision on repealing the policy until May.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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