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Boy Scouts of America to Accept Gay Youths

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For the first time in the organization's history, the Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting New Year's Day.
 
The BSA's National Council approved the new policy in May after a nationwide debate.

Officials said they've considered some potential complications -- ranging from policies on tent mates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.

BSA spokesmen in Montana say all Boy Scouts-- no matter their sexual orientation-- have to follow the same rules and codes of the organization.

Gordon Rubard, of the Montana Boy Scouts Council, said, "From that standpoint, we're not gearing up for any great changes, there really is no change, in terms of how we'll run the program."
 
Some churches are dropping sponsorship of Scout units because of the new policy, and some families are switching to a new conservative organization called Trail Life USA.

However, major protests have not occurred nationally.

The organization will continue to exclude openly gay adults from leadership positions.

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