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Boy Scouts end blanket ban on gay adult leaders

DALLAS The Boy Scouts of America have ended a blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion because of their faith. The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that embroiled the Boy Scouts for years and threatened the organization with lawsuits, takes effect immediately. It was approved Monday by the BSA's 80-member National Executive Board in a teleconference. Seventy-nine percent voted in favor of the resolution. "Moving forward, we will continue to focus on reaching and serving youth, helping them grow into good, strong citizens," the Boy Scouts of America said in a statement. "By focusing on the goals that...