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Boy Scouts of America

New Boy Scout policy a 'nonissue' for Elgin religious leader

The Boy Scouts of America announced its decision last week to allow gay leaders, although the new policy gives the final decision to local churches that sponsor Scout troops. The Boy Scouts' 2.5 million youth members, ages 7 to 21, are organized into troops or packs that are sponsored by local churches or civic or school groups. Those sponsors choose who leads each unit, and the new policy states that churches "may continue to use religious beliefs as criteria for selecting adult leaders, including matters of sexuality." The policy is intended to let members and parents choose local units with similar beliefs, while respecting the right of churches to maintain their own...