Boy Scouts consider lifting gay ban

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The Boy Scouts of America consider a new policy Monday that would let local scouting groups decide whether or not they will admit openly gay members, the Boy Scouts of America spokesman, Deron Smith told The New York Times.
"This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, and the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with each organization's mission, principles, or religious beliefs," he said. This would be advantageous because of the diversity of modern America from differences in culture and sexuality, The New York Times reported.
Seven months ago the Boy Scouts of America reconfirmed their ban on gays after two years of expressed reconsideration from a volunteer committee put together by the nation leaders of the Boy Scouts of America, USA Today reported.
The ban on gays was upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court in 2000 after years off protest campaigns, The Washington Post reported.
Nearly 70 percent of scouting units across the nation are chartered by religious organizations. The proposed change had mixed responses by religious organizations, The Associated Press reported.

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