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The Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board has voted on Monday to end its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons.

“For far too long, this issue has divided and distracted us,” said BSA president Robert Gates in a video announcing the news. “Now it’s time to unite behind our shared belief in the extraordinary power of scouting to be a force for good in a community and in the lives of its youth members.”

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The Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board has voted on Monday to end its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons. “For far too long, this issue has divided and distracted us,” said BSA president Robert Gates in...