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Boy Scouts of America votes to ease ban on gay members

Published:Friday | May 24, 2013 | 9:53 AM

The Boy Scouts of America organisation has voted to welcome openly gay scouts, ending a divisive ban.

However, a ban on openly gay adult scout leaders will remain in place.

The campaign over the ban pitted conservatives, especially religious groups that sponsor local scouting chapters, against liberals opposed to what they deem outdated discrimination.

The change is effective on January 1.

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