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Boy Scouts: 'Gay' boys will be openly accepted

Associated Press    

GRAPEVINE, Texas (May 23, 2013) - The Boy Scouts of America's National Council has voted to ease a long-standing ban and allow openly "gay" boys to be accepted as Scouts.

Randy Sharp (American Family Association):

"It's a sad day for America [and] for the Boy Scouts of America. It just simply raises its finger to the air and tests the air - and then caves to the winds of public opinion."

Of the local Scout leaders voting at their annual meeting in Texas, more than 60 percent supported the proposal.

Under the proposal drafted by the Scouts' governing board, homosexual adults will remain barred from serving as Scout leaders.

The outcome is unlikely to end a bitter debate over the Scouts' membership policy.

Some conservative churches that sponsor Scout units wanted to continue excluding homosexual youths, in some cases threatening to defect if the ban were lifted. More liberal Scout leaders - while supporting the proposal to accept homosexual youth - have made clear they want the ban on homosexual adults lifted as well.

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The resolution, which is to take effect January 1, 2014, states that "no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone."

Statement from a BSA press release: "The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting."

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