Boy Scouts president: Lift ban on gay adults

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  • Robert Gates says it's time to lift the Boy Scout ban on gay adults
  • Gates: "The status quo in our movement's membership standards cannot be sustained"

(CNN)Robert Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America, called for the organization to end its ban on gay adults in remarks (PDF) at the organization's national business meeting Thursday.

Citing "the social, political and judicial changes taking place in our country" regarding laws and sexual orientation, Gates said that "the status quo in our movement's membership standards cannot be sustained."