Some Protest Proposal to Allow Openly Gay Scouts

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By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa —Some Boy Scout leaders and parents said Friday that a proposal allowing openly gay scouts doesn't make sense.

More than a dozen people rallied against the proposed change to membership policies. It would require troops to accept gay members.

Gay adult scout leaders still wouldn't be allowed.

Those opposed said that would put 17-year-old scouts in an awkward situation as they approach their 18th birthdays.

"Our current policy, in my experience, it's time tested and it's fair, and I think it works as you can tell by how many members we have in this organization," said Scott Russell, an Ankeny scoutmaster.

The Boy Scouts' National Council will vote on the proposal next Thursday in Texas.

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