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Boy Scouts consider lifting ban on gay members

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Boys Scouts of America is considering a dramatic change in its controversial policy of excluding gays as leaders and youth members.

Local groups wouldn't be forced to accept gays. Instead, each troop would be able to decide whether to change their membership policy.

This comes after years of protests of the national policy, including petition campaigns that have prompted some corporations to suspend their donations to the Boy Scouts.

"So if you are a gay scout or a gay leader and you're not welcome in a troop you have an option, you can go find another troop that is open and welcome," said Greg Bourke.

Bourke was forced to resign from his position as a local scout leader after he told the organization he is gay.

"You reach a point when you just know you need to do the right thing regardless of the consequences, and I knew that could be one of the consequences and I was prepared to accept that, and I did," said Bourke.

Bourke started an online petition asking the local council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy. He believes the proposed policy is a great solution, giving people more flexibility.

If the Boy Scouts' national board approves, the change could be announced as early as next week.

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