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The leaders of the Boy Scouts of America are expected to vote tomorrow on whether to scrap the organization's long-standing national ban on admitting gay Scouts and Scout leaders, and to replace it with a policy that allows the religious and civic organizations that sponsor individual Scout units to set their own rules on the issue. The ban on gay Scouts is an anachronism that flies in the face of the overdue societal trend toward greater inclusiveness, tolerance and acceptance of diversity. We hope the group's leaders will seize the opportunity presented by this vote to do what's morally and ethically right for the 2.7 million member group whose values have shaped the character of generations of American boys and young men.
February 5, 2013