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Boy Scouts punt on lifting anti-gay ban

The Boy Scouts national executive board has delayed their decision on whether to lift its ban on gay scouts and leaders until its national meeting in May.

The organization announced last week that it was considering changing its longstanding policy against gay leaders and scouts, and it's been big, polarizing news ever since.

Many have come out in support of lifting the ban, including President Barack Obama, who addressed the issue on Sunday. "My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does, in every institution and walk of life. The Scouts are a great institution that is promoting young people and exposing them to opportunities and leadership that will serve people for the rest of their lives, and I think that nobody should be barred from that," he said in an interview with CBS.

But opposition has been heated, with many church groups threatening mass defections and to withdraw funding if the national organization goes through with the change.

“Churches of all faiths and denominations, including Southern Baptist churches, will be forced to reevaluate whether they can, in good conscience, continue to host Scout troops given that the Scouts appear poised to turn their backs on this clear biblical and moral issue,” Roger Oldham, a spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention, said.

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