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February 6th, 2013
07:19 AM ET

Boy Scouts of America to vote on ending ban against gay membership – Casey Wian reports


Irving, Texas (CNN) - The polarizing debate over whether Boy Scouts of America should allow gay members could culminate with a vote on a new policy Wednesday.

But no matter which way the vote goes, activists on both sides aren't going to be satisfied.

The controversy pits leaders of religious groups that sponsor about 1 million Boy Scouts against activists who want the organization to end its ban on openly gay Scouts and Scout leaders.

Representatives from both camps aren't happy with a proposal to let local troops decide if they want to allow gay members.

This morning on "Early Start," Casey Wian reports on the highly anticipated vote.

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Filed under: Boy Scouts • Gay rights
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  1. Susan Yeats

    I listened to the report on CNN concerning the Boy Scouts stance on gay right this morning. I believe that the reporters should look to better understand the way that the BSA is set up. I have been involved in scouting for the past five years and the National BSA has very little to do with the pack or troop that my boys are involved in. We are responsible for raising all of our operating expenses. The national BSA does not permit the troops and packs to use their tax exempt status. They must use the certificate of their Charter organization. If the Charter organization is not tax exempt than neither is the pack or troop. We are more an entity of the Charter organization than the BSA. I can not see how this decision will have any effect on the packs or troops since, as I said earlier, the individual packs and troops are governed by their Charter Organization more than the BSA.

    February 6, 2013 at 10:32 am | Reply

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