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Boy Scouts National Council vote on gays

National leadership of the Boy Scouts of America vote Thursday to allow gay youth to join the organization, overturning a long tradition of excluding gays.

Meeting in the Dallas suburb of Grapevine, the 1,400 members of the BSA’s National Council approved a resolution to ban the policy that excluded youth from the organization based only on sexual orientation. A ban on gay adult leaders remains in place.

“Our executive board remains committed to delivering scouting to the Miami Valley regardless of the outcome of the vote,” Nelson said earlier this week. “The thing that we know for sure is that kids need scouting today as much as they will … a week after the vote.”

The Miami Valley Council includes over 10,000 scouts and 2,800 volunteers in Montgomery, Preble, Greene, Miami and Shelby counties.

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