Boy Scouts of America ready to shift policy on gay members

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The Boy Scouts of America may be ready to shift its stance on homosexual members.

The announcement comes just six months after the organization stood firmly by its long-standing policy of banning openly gay members.

The dramatic reversal would allow the local religious, civic, or educational organizations that oversee scout troops to determine how to handle the issue in their community. Parents would then be able to choose which local troop meets the needs of their families.

The BSA has faced backlash and pressure from its own board members.

Some corporations have also pulled their support from BSA over the current policy.

The Scout’s national board will discuss the proposed policy shift next week in Irving, Texas.

Organization leaders have not announced when a formal decision will be made or when a new policy will take effect.

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