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Boy Scouts of America close to ending bans on gay leaders

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(FOX 25/MyFoxBoston.com) - The Boy Scouts of America is discussing an end to their decades-long policy banning gay scouts or scout leaders, a spokesman said on Monday.

"The policy change under discussion would allow the religious, civic or educational organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting to determine how to address this issue," the spokesman said.

The new policy under discussion would eliminate the ban from the national organization's rules, allowing local groups to decide whether to admit gay scouts to their troops.

This discussion comes seven months after the Boy Scouts reaffirmed a policy of banning gay members, which their national executive board called "the best policy for the organization."

The organization has since been under attack from gay rights groups and parents for discriminating against gay members and leaders.

If adopted the change could be announced as early as next week, after the Boy Scouts of America's national board meeting.

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