Boy Scouts of America Vote on Gay Scouts Ban

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.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- 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% supported the proposal.

Chief Development Officer Lyman Giffard with the Great Alaska Council for the Boy Scouts of America issued this statement:

"America needs scouting, and our policies must be based on what is in the best interest of our youth. We believe good people can disagree and still work together to accomplish great things for youth. Going forward, we will work to stay focused on that which unites us."

Gay adults will remain barred from serving as scout leaders.