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Boy Scouts reconsider ban on openly gay members

The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday that it is considering lifting a ban on openly gay members, a move that was hailed by some men with Massachusetts ties who have been involved in scouting.

“I think it’s a big development for the BSA to make an announcement like that,” said Jerry Hegarty, 49, who recently stepped down as leader of Troop 702 in Reading, but remains active with the group. He added that he was pleased that the Scouts may soon not be “discriminating against a certain group anymore.”

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