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Boy Scouts Welcomes Gay Members January 1

Starting January 1, the Boys Scouts of America will, for the first time ever, allow openly gay Scouts in the organization.

The national council voted back in May 2013 to allow the change; under the resolution, no youth may be denied membership in the group based only on sexual orientation or preference. The controversial decision led some members to form a new organization called Life Trail USA; it’s nearly identical to Boy Scouts, except it bans openly gay members.

The Boy Scouts of America is maintaining their ban on gay adult leaders.

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