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Boy Scouts change to allow gay leaders a step forward, area leaders say

Boy Scouts change to allow gay leaders a step forward, area leaders say

Religious leaders by turns welcomed or condemned a new Boy Scouts of America decision to allow gay leaders, even as the new policy shifts the decision to local churches that sponsor Scout troops. If churches maintain the ban, the immediate effect on the troops they sponsor could be limited. But Scouting officials and other observers say the move marks a significant turning point in the history of a national institution. The 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 Scout policy states that churches "may continue to...

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