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Boy Scouts' historic vote on gays: lobbying right up to the end (+video)

However the Boy Scouts of America members from around the country vote Thursday in Texas on allowing gay scouts, the iconic 103-year-old boys' organization is at a crossroads.

Boy Scout leaders historic vote on gays
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The Boy Scouts of America may be headed for a historic moment on Thursday. Some 1,400 members from around the country are gathering in Grapevine, Texas, just outside of Dallas, to cast votes on whether to allow openly gay scouts.

But even as the largest youth group in the nation, founded 103 years ago, ponders whether to change a policy that some see as an anachronism in a society that is increasingly accepting of homosexuality, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) continues to face criticism from both sides.

The proposal to include gays does not include scout leaders. Those who support a more open policy say the proposal does not go far enough, while opponents say the change could ruin a national youth institution by putting too much emphasis on sexuality.


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