The lead in David Crary's story on the Boy Scouts' possible revocation of its gay ban covers many aspects of the story, but does so in a very wordy way.
The lead contains the who (Boy Scouts of America), the what (may revoke ban on gays), and a bit of the when (the organization is "signaling its readiness"). The only place element found in the lead is the mention that the current ban is nationwide. Unlike most news leads, this story also gets at why the ban is being reconsidered: the organization is "facing diverse and ceaseless protests."
This lead is extremely specific, which is what contributes to its length. It mentions the decision would allow individual Boy Scout troops to have the final say on whether or not they allow gays, rather than adhering to a nationwide policy. This piece of information could probably have gone into the story's second paragraph.
The "diverse and ceaseless protests" mentioned in the lead are not elaborated on until later in the story. Crary later explains that organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign have protested the ban.