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Boy Scouts Anti-Gay Policy Could Change
Reported by: Dave Benton
Videographer: Bill Oldani
Web Producer: Dave Benton
Reported: Feb. 3, 2013 9:47 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 4, 2013 9:53 AM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest youth organizations in the U.S. Now, it's considering a dramatic change in its controversial policy of excluding gays as leaders and youth members.
Jeremy Boggess has been part of the scouts for 20 years and doesn't think the gay ban should be lifted. "I have nothing against homosexuality at all but to allow someone to be open about it in scouting, it opens the door for lawsuits and all you have to have is a kid to say an adult done this."
Justin Murdock with Fairness West Virginia says it's good to see the organization is talking about changing it's stance on the issue. "The LGBT West Virginians have been involved in Boy Scouts and other organizations all this time, they were just never allowed to be open or honest while they do it. So, I think it's great they'll be able to serve in those capacities as they already are and be open about it."
Sunday afternoon, President Obama addressed the issue and stated, "My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does in every institution and walk of life. The scouts are a great institution that are promoting young people and exposing them to opportunities and leadership that will serve people for the rest of their lives. I think nobody should be barred from that."
Texas Governor Rick Perry, an Eagle Scout, wants the organization to maintain it's traditions and not bend to what he calls the whims of popular culture.
The Scouts' National Council could vote to lift the ban this week.
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