Openly gay youth now welcome in Boy Scouts of America

(Photo: MGN Online)

(Photo: MGN Online)

DENVER — Starting Wednesday, openly gay youths will be allowed to join scouting.

Boy Scouts of America made the decision in May to accept them into their ranks. The resolution took effect when the new year rang in.

More than 60 percent of the group’s 1,400-member national council voted back then at an annual meeting in Grapevine, Texas, for the change.

“No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone,” the resolution said.

The decision has caused many religious-based organizations to cut ties with the Boy Scouts. The BSA, however, will maintain its ban on gay adult leaders.

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