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Boy Scouts to allow gay scouts; ban on gay leaders remains

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) --  Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys as Scouts; organization's ban on gay adult leaders remains.

The decision comes after a vote by more than 1,400 leaders from councils nationwide.  They are in the midst of meetings in Grapevine, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

Word of the decision was released shortly after 6 p.m. Eastern time.

Of the local Scout leaders voting at their annual meeting, more than 60 percent supported the proposal.

Under the proposal drafted by the Scouts' governing board, gay adults will remain barred from serving as Scout leaders.

The outcome is unlikely to end a bitter debate over the Scouts' membership policy.

Some conservative churches that sponsor Scout units wanted to continue excluding gay youths, in some cases threatening to defect if the ban were lifted.  More liberal Scout leaders -- while supporting the proposal to accept gay youth -- have made clear they want the ban on gay adults lifted as well.

WDRB's Emily Mieure is speaking with people on both sides of this issue in Louisville.  She will share their reaction on WDRB News @ 10 and on

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