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Boy Scouts Retain Gay Ban Despite Protests

July 19, 2012

John Bacon with staff and wire reports

The Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays after a confidential two-year review.

The Scouts' chief executive, Bob Mazzuca, cited support from parents as a key reason for keeping the policy and expressed hope that the prolonged debate might now subside. National spokesman Deron Smith said an 11-member committee formed by top Scout leaders decided that the exclusion policy "is absolutely the best policy" for the 102-year-old organization. The policy was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2000.

The president of the largest U.S. gay-rights group, Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign, called the Scouts' decision "a missed opportunity of colossal proportions."

Source: Copyright USA TODAY 2012

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