The Boy Scouts of America's National Council has voted to end a ban on openly gay boys becoming Scouts.
The Associated Press reports that more than 60 percent of the voting members of the council approved of admitting openly gay Scouts. However, the proposal continues a longstanding ban against gay adults being Scout leaders.
According to the AP, some conservative churches that sponsor Scout units wanted to continue excluding gay youths, in some cases threatening to defect if the ban were lifted. More liberal Scout leaders — while supporting the proposal to accept gay youth — have made clear they want the ban on gay adults lifted as well.
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