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The Boy Scouts' vote to allow openly gay boys prompted some supporters and critics of the new policy to swing into action Friday.
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Conservative leaders decried the Boy Scouts of America's vote on Thursday to allow openly homosexual boys to join the Scouts, and some people critical of the vote now are working to create a separate scouting organization based on traditional morals.
As counterintuitive as it may sound for an organization with such a wholesome and all-American reputation, it seems that secrecy and heavy-handed tactics are the order of the day at the Boy Scouts of America meeting that will decide whether the BSA will change its century-old policy to expand its membership to include open and avowed homosexuals.
Touting the Boy Scouts' "landmark" and "historic" decision to allow openly-gay members, CBS, ABC, and NBC gave supporters of the decision three times as many quotes as their opponents got on Friday morning's news stories.
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Jennifer Tyrrell hugs Pascal Tessier in Grapevine, Texas. Tyrrell was ousted as a Cub Scout den leader in 2012 and Tessier was told he could not attain the Eagle Scout rank because each was openly gay.
Terri Hall, left, of San Antonio, Texas, stands with her son Nathaniel Hall, 8, as they hold signs near where the Boy Scouts of America are holding their annual meeting Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Grapevine, Texas.
The Boy Scouts of America will vote on a proposal to lift a ban on openly gay scouts that has been in place throughout its 103-year history.
Matthew Ray, 15, of North Richland Hills, Texas, holds signs near where the Boy Scouts of America are holding their annual meeting Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Grapevine, Texas.
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As protesters made one last stand, the Boy Scouts of America's leadership began a conference Wednesday that was expected to culminate in a long-anticipated vote on whether to allow openly gay Scouts - a decision that, either way, could deeply affect the organization's membership and funding.
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The Boy Scout on the left is 17 and gay. Under proposed new rules to be voted on soon, he can be a member of the Boy Scouts of America.