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Openly gay youth now welcome in Boy Scouts of America

By Phil Gast and Ben Brumfield, CNN
updated 5:27 AM EST, Wed January 1, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • BSA made the decision in May
  • The resolution took effect with the New Year
  • It passed with more than 60% of the votes of national council members
  • BAS will still ban gay adult scout leaders

(CNN) -- 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% 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 BSA, however, will maintain its ban on gay adult leaders.

CNN's Greg Botelho contributed to this story.

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