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Boy Scouts of America Propose Lifting Ban on Gay Scouts, Not Leaders

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NEW YORK - The Boy Scouts of America is proposing lifting the ban on openly gay members, but still excluding gay adult leaders. 

The Scouts announced Friday that it would submit this proposal to the roughly 1,400 voting members of its National Council at a meeting in Texas in late May.

The BSA has implied it might give local troops the option of admitting gay members and leaders, or continuing to exclude them.

The organization says it changed course partially because of results from opinion surveys from members of the scouting community.

Gay-rights groups have demanded the Boy Scouts lift the ban, while some churches and conservative groups want it maintained.

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