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Ending Boy Scouts’ ban on gays advances fairness — and Scouting itself

At its national meeting near Dallas this week, the Boy Scouts of America should lift its prohibition on gay members and Scout leaders — not just out of a spirit of fairness and equality, but for the good of the organization itself.

The national organization confirmed last week that it finally may allow the local churches and civic groups that sponsor Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews to devise their own policies on the issue. In a statement Monday, the BSA said the the potential change eliminates “any national policy regarding sexual orientation,” and that the Scouts “would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members, or parents.” The BSA’s strong ties to Mormon, Southern Baptist, Catholic, and other conservative churches make an outright ban on anti-gay discrimination unlikely for some time.

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