Boy Scouts of America Votes to Allow Gay Scout Leaders

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The governing body of the Boy Scouts of America voted Monday to end its decades-long ban on gay scout leaders, NBC News reported.

The organization's national executive board, meeting in Texas, concluded that the policy of excluding gay adults "was no longer legally defensible." The decision was approved by 79 percent of the board.

"This change allows Scouting's members and parents to select local units, chartered by organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families," said a statement from the Scouts' leadership.

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