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Gays scouts will be allowed into Boy Scouts of America next year

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BIRMINGHAM - AL -

Boy Scouts of America will end its ban on gay scouts. But openly gay leaders are still not allowed. The ban was struck down with more than sixty percent of the vote. None of those votes came from Alabama delegates.

The Greater Alabama Council released a statement on its website saying, "the majority of our parents, and volunteers were against this policy and our voting members voted against the motion, based on the will of our Council."

Alabama delegates were among the 14 hundred people who cast ballots at the annual conference in Texas. They voted on a policy that reads, "no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone."

This comes after months of intense debate among interest groups and the scouting community. Some conservative churches have threatened to pull sponsorship of troops if the ban was lifted. More liberal organizations are still calling for an end to the ban on openly gay leaders.

The ban on openly gay leaders was not under consideration.

The new policy goes into effect January 1, 2014.

To read the full statement click here.