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Openly gay Eagle Scout a first since new Boy Scout policy
Openly gay Eagle Scout a first since new Boy Scout policy

A Maryland teenager is the first openly gay Boy Scout to become an Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest rank, according to the advocacy group Scouts for Equality. High school senior Pascal Tessier is already awaiting the next challenge, which will come this summer when he turns 18. Until recently, gays had been barred from the Scouts. After years of debate, the organization eliminated the ban for minors effective Jan. 1, but kept the restriction against adult Scouting leaders. Pascal, who turns 18 on Aug. 5, has said he will apply to become an adult leader and see how the Scouts respond. “On Aug. 4, he’s an Eagle Scout and has the highest honor,”...

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