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Boy Scouts considering allowing gay scout leaders

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Next week, the National Boy Scouts of America Council will look at lifting its ban on sexual orientation within its organization. This comes just six months after the organization reaffirmed its long standing stance banning gays.

"I don't agree with that. I think the way it is right now is the way it should be. That's the way it's always been, that's the way it needs to continue to be," says parent Mary Lynn Morris.  

Parent Steven Russell argues, "They've got tons of youth protection in place. I'm lucky to be in a troop with very involved adult leadership me included. So, I feel like there is a safety net place where nothing bad would happen or nothing that I felt was uncomfortable would happen."

The policy, if changed, would allow local leaders to determine whether to accept a gay leader to lead the troops.

Scout Executive Woody Woodward says, "What I hope comforts parents, is the boy scouts have been very proactive in leaning the way as far as child protective, youth protection, education, setting up guidelines so these are minimized."

The Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts has 16,000 young members and supports 500 local chartered partners. Woodward says even with the proposal of sexual orientation on the table, members will continue to support this organization.

"I just believe we're strong enough that whatever happens we'll continue to carry on and do the great work that scouting does," he says.

Woodward says the scouts have been in existence for more than a hundred years. He says the proposal to change the sexual orientation restrictions, won't sour those who believe in the good of this organization.

"If the national board if what they approve is that chartered organizations can determine their own standards of leadership and that particular organization decides they want to open it up to homosexual leaders, then we will support them."

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