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Boy Scouts of America executive board will have a meeting later this week to consider lifting its national ban on gay members.
The talk has been scheduled in response to demonstrations on both sides in recent years outside the organization’s Texas headquarters.
The board will vote on the ban Wednesday after three days of discussion.
In summer 2012, the board reaffirmed the ban, upsetting gay rights groups as well as gay former Boy Scout members.
Representatives of the youth organization announced last week that if the national anti-gay policy were to be lifted, local chapters would be left with the decision to accept gay members and leaders.
According to Yahoo News, membership has dropped 21 percent in the past 12 years. Adult leader membership has dropped 14 percent in reaction to the rule.
In an interview with CBS’ Scott Pelley on Sunday, President Barack Obama told Pelley that he believes Boy Scouts of America should lift the ban. Obama stated, “the Scouts are a great institution that are promoting young people and exposing them to, you know, opportunities and leadership that will serve people for the rest of their lives, and I think that nobody should be barred (from) that."
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