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Boy Scouts proposes lifting youth gay ban

From left, Joshua Kusterer, 12, Nach Mitschke, 6, and Wyatt Mitschke, 4, salute as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the Save Our Scouts prayer vigil and rally against allowing gays in the organization Feb. 6 in front of the Boy Scouts of America national headquarters in Dallas.
From left, Joshua Kusterer, 12, Nach Mitschke, 6, and Wyatt Mitschke, 4, salute as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the Save Our Scouts prayer vigil and rally against allowing gays in the organization Feb. 6 in front of the Boy Scouts of America national headquarters in Dallas.
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Searching for compromise on a divisive issue, the Boy Scouts of America is proposing to partially lift its long-standing exclusion of gays — allowing them as youth members but continuing to bar them as adult leaders. The proposal, unveiled Friday after weeks of private leadership deliberations, will be submitted to the roughly 1,400 voting members of the BSA’s National Council during the week of May 20 at a meeting in Texas. The key part of ...


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