Transcript for Boy Scouts to Admit Openly Gay Members
All right, we'll turn now to the historic decision by the boy scouts of america. For the first time in its long history the organization will now admit openly gay scouts. The controversial change takes effect next year and means that some boys who had been banned will now be welcome if not welcomed. Abc's david kerley has the story. ♪ Reporter: After 103 years, this morning the boy scouts of america is lifting its ban on gay members. 61% of the scouts' national leadership said it is time for change. No matter how you feel about this issue, kids are better off in scouting. Reporter: Good fuss for paschal tessier, a scout for nine years and openly gay would have been banned from the highest honor eagle scout. I'm slightly surprised but proud of the fact that the leaders finally did change their minds. Reporter: The program is expected to lose sponsorship and as many as one in ten scouts. I'm pulling my son from the program very sadly and this will probably be the last time I'll wear this uniform in public. Reporter: Even for the lesbian mother who pushed for this change this is only partial victory. This is what we've been working for. It's a small step in the right direction, but it's huge in another way. Reporter: She will not be able to serve because the scouts did not lift the ban on gay adults being leaders.
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