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Local Scout leaders approve or accept possibility of gays in scouting

Columbus Telegram
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February 4, 2013

 

For Chris Dixon, the Boy Scouts’ policy barring participation by gays makes an unnecessary distinction.

“That’s Mother Nature so you can’t hide it. If you’re a scout, you’re a scout,” he said. “I hope it goes through.”

Dixon was referring to news that broke Tuesday of a push to change the Scouts’ policy barring participation by gays. Those familiar with the organization’s internal discussions say the policy — which has withstood a Supreme Court challenge — may be rescinded to allow individual chapters latitude in deciding what sexual orientation requirements they want to put on their troop.

With nearly 50 years as a scout and 17 as a scoutmaster, Dixon says it’s about time.