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Boy Scouts Vote to Allow Gay Members

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Updated 10:25pm

Boy Scout leaders voted  today, and now the century-old ban on openly gay scouts is history. The National Council passed the proposal with more than 60 percent approving.

Today local troops placed the proud red, white and blue flags on veterans graves. It's just one of the many services they perform. 

After Thursday's vote, saying boys can no longer be barred from joining the scouts based on sexual orientation, troop leaders in our area say it wasn't something they were concerned about.

"I don't think it will affect anything if a boy wants to be a scout." says Courtney Greenwaldt. And other leaders agree.

"We haven't really talked about it, it hasn't really come up that much," says Dan Bentley, "and when we're in this small of a group we haven't really had to deal with the issue yet."

"Their still going to do the work and earn all the badges and work towards their eagle scout, and I don't think orientation will make any difference on the ability of work they are able to do." Courtney adds.

On Thursday younger scouts were out with their troops, and the parents say it's really about making friends and teaching the kids about hard work. Work like they did, placing flags on all the vets graves to honor our veterans.

"For all the people that served our country, we might as well go and help them out." says scout Marcus Thrumstrom.

The troops will be going back on Monday evening to clean up the flags. Local Scout leaders spoken with today said they haven't had to turn anyone away in the past, and now they won't have to.

Despite today's change in policy, a ban remains in place, against openly gay adults becoming scout leaders.



Grapevine, Texas (AP) - 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.

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, gay 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 gay youths, in some cases threatening to defect if the ban were lifted. More liberal scout leaders - while supporting the proposal to accept gay youth - have made clear they want the ban on gay adults lifted as well.

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