February 4th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

Boy Scouts may end ban on gays

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) – The Boy Scouts of America is meeting this week to consider lifting its ban on gays.

Most scout leaders in Los Angeles, like John Daniels, say they are not completely against lifting the ban are not in favor of it either. They say the boys are too vulnerable and impressionable. Or as Daniels puts it, they are like putty.

[1:27] “If word gets out or there’s a gay scout who’s openly gay, how does that affect the other boys? Maybe that’s the way the learn tolerance. Maybe that’s a whole other issue now the scouts have to deal with. But what about parents and families going, “I’m not so sure I want to send my son to spend a week in a tent with that boy.”

Eighteen-year-old Tom Murphy is gay and, until recently, was a boy scout. He turned 18 so he ‘aged out.’ He left his troop a Life Scout, one rank below Eagle, the highest rank.

[3:14] “At 14, 15, this is an entirely normal thing that a straight boy would do with a girl. Divorcing boy scouts so wholly from say, high school, where these pubescent would come out anyway is irresponsible.”

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