Blanket Ban on Gay Boy Scout Leaders Lifted by Board Vote

The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons. The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that has embroiled the Boy Scouts for years, takes effect immediately. It was approved by the BSA's National Executive Board on a 45-12 vote during a closed-to-the-media teleconference. BSA's president and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, "For far too long this issue has divided and distracted us."



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