Boy Scouts may lift ban on gays

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  • Long-standing policy excludes gay scouts, scout leaders
  • Boy Scouts spokesman says group may remove sexual orientation restriction
Boy Scouts may lift ban on gays

The Boy Scouts of America have made a sudden about-face, announcing they may drop their ban on gay members. The group reaffirmed its policy excluding homosexual leaders and members last July, after taking two years to examine the issue.

Deron Smith, the director of public relations for the Boy Scouts, says the group is "discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation."

Read more: Ousted den leader tells Boy Scouts to be inclusive (VIDEO)

A decision on the matter will be made next week at a national board meeting.

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