Scouts considering retreat from no-gays policy

Scouts considering retreat from no-gays policy

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US boy scouts salute while listening to their country's anthem as 3,000 US Boy scouts arrived to write "in human letters" : "Normandy Land of Liberty .. 2014" on the Saint-Laurent sur Mer beach, dubbed "Omaha Beach" during World War II Overlord operation, on April 16, 2011. The event was organized by "Normandy Memory" in support to the candidacy of the beach, and other D-Day neighbouring beaches, at the Unesco World Heritage, two years before the 70th anniversary of D-Day. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/GettyImages)

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by DAVID CRARY

AP

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 2:13 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Boys Scouts of America is considering a dramatic change in its controversial policy of excluding gays as leaders and youth members.

Under the change being considered, the different religious and civic groups that sponsor Scout units would be able to decide for themselves how to address the issue—either maintaining an exclusion of gays or opening up their membership.

The announcement of the possible change came Monday after years of protests over the policy—including petition campaigns that have prompted some corporations to suspend donations to the Boy Scouts.

Under the proposed change, said BSA spokesman Deron Smith, “the Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members, or parents.”

 

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