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Locals react to possible lift on ban on gays from Boy Scouts of America

Gay Ban on the Boy Scouts
Posted at 7:41 PM, Jan 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-29 16:23:47-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--Changes could soon be on the way to Boy Scouts of America.

Those changes could come as soon as next week. This essentially would end a long time policy of exclusion.

The iconic institution is considering a policy shift that has been under much scrutiny.

In the past, troop leaders and scouts who have been outed were kicked out of the program.

Boy Scouts of America is considering a change next week that would allow local troops the authority to decide whether to accept gays as scouts and leaders.

Here at home, some reacting to the news saying changes are long overdue.

"An organization that is respected so much is harming a certain group of people that shouldn't be discriminated against, they all have the same rights we do and it shouldn't be like that," said Tyler Wyard.

The proposal under consideration would give different religious and civic groups that sponsor troops the authority to decide whether to continue The BSA's ban or to open their membership to gays.