Boy Scouts ends its nationwide ban on gay and lesbian leaders

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Boy Scouts of America has lifted its ban on gay adult leaders, but will still allow church-sponsored Scout units to implement exclusions because of their faith. Local troops will be able to select leaders according to their own standards, meaning church-run groups can “choose adult leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own,” according to organization executives. The change comes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage across the U.S. “It is not a victory but it certainly is progress,”  Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout and executive director of Scouts for Equality, told the Guardian. He believes it is the “most progressive resolution we could’ve expected from the Boy Scouts,” an organization that banned gay people beginning in 1978.

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