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The Boy Scouts of America's baby steps on accepting gay Scout leaders

The Boy Scouts of America's baby steps on accepting gay Scout leaders

Robert M. Gates, the former U.S. Defense secretary and current Boy Scouts of America president, earlier today urged the youth organization to, essentially, grow up and allow gays to serve in leadership roles. Gates stopped short of pushing the issue to a vote during the national conference in Atlanta, but he said the organization faced an irrepressible tide, and it ought to change its policy before a court orders it to do so. (The speech is viewable here.) He also cited growing resistance to the ban among local councils of Scout troops, and state laws barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. "We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to...

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