Boy Scouts Vote To End Ban On Gay Scouts; Gay Adults Still Barred From Leadership Roles

Source: Susan Donaldson James / ABC News

The Boy Scouts of America today voted to lift its longtime ban on admitting gay Scouts but will continue to exclude openly gay adults from leadership roles.

The vote by its 1,400 national membership came as no surprise to gay rights advocates, who hailed it as a first step to ending discriminatory practices in the 103-year-old organization.

The ruling by secret ballot at a national convention in Dallas means that mothers like Jennifer Tyrrell, who is a lesbian, will still be excluded from the Boy Scouts.

Tyrrell was let go as an Ohio den leader of her 8-year-old son Cruz’s Cub Scout pack last year because she was gay, but she applauds what she sees as a “temporary” policy.

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