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The Boy Scouts of America will no longer prohibit gay youths from participating. A vote on Thursday lifts the ban effective January of 2014. Gay adults remain barred from scout leadership.   The Boy Scouts of America councils of Chicagoland issued this statement regarding Thursday's decision:
Scouting's focus in Chicagoland remains to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The information we have provided on this issue helped provide perspective to the process, and we respect the integrity of the national decision-making process. As leaders of Scouting in Chicagoland, we believe this update to our policy will allow all kids who sincerely want to be a part of Scouting to experience this life-changing program while remaining true to the long-standing virtues of Scouting. While people have different opinions about this policy, we can all agree that kids are better off when they are in Scouting.  We believe good people can disagree and still work together to accomplish great things for youth. Going forward, we will work to stay focused on that which unites us.
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