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Boy Scouts president's call to end gay leader ban draws mixed reaction

Boy Scouts president's call to end gay leader ban draws mixed reaction

Robert M. Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America, urged the group on Thursday during its annual meeting in Atlanta to end its ban on gay leaders, saying the prohibition “cannot be sustained.” “I truly fear that any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement,” said Gates, former CIA director and secretary of Defense. He recommended that local Scouting groups be allowed to decide for themselves whether to allow gay leaders. Advocates of gays in Scouting cheered in celebration. “He's made it clear that if the Boy Scouts don't make the change on their terms, the courts will change it on their terms,” said Zach...

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