SAN FRANCISCO -- In a year when "family values" has become a catch phrase, BankAmerica Corp.'s relationship with the Boy Scouts of America has touched off a political fire storm.

Last spring, the nation's second-largest bank cut off its charitable contributions to the Scouts because of their policy of prohibiting homosexuals from becoming members or troop leaders. But after an outright attack from Christian conservatives and a veiled one from the Republican Party, the bank reversed its stand in August.

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