Tampa, FL - There were big changes in one of the country's oldest organizations for boys.
As of Jan. 1, the Boy Scouts of America allows openly gay members, but the new rule only applies to the scouts and not the leaders. Boys under the age of 18 may join, regardless of their sexual orientation.
Last May, 61 percent of the BSA's National Council voted to lift the ban on forbidding gay members. The resolution said, "No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone."
It's a huge move for the 114-year-old organization.
Here in the Bay area, according to the Tampa Tribune, Executive Director George McGovern of the Gulf Ridge Council, says that the organization is as strong as ever despite the furor that accompanied the debate over eliminating the organization's longstanding ban on gay Scouts.
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