The Boy Scouts of America are considering an end to the group's ban on gay Scouts and troop leaders.
The shift, if approved at a national board meeting next week, would be another step in the nation's growing acceptance of gay men and lesbians. It would follow an end to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and approval of gay marriage in nine states and the District of Columbia.
Seven months ago, the Boy Scouts affirmed the ban on gays after a nearly two-year study. Some local chapters, gay advocacy groups and some members of the national board -- corporate CEO Randall Stephenson of AT&T and James Turley of Ernst & Young -- called for a reconsideration, as did businesses that support Scouting and also have policies against discrimination.
The proposed new policy would leave decisions on membership and leadership up to the 290 local governing councils and 116,000 sponsoring religious and civic groups.
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