Former defense secretary supports gay members as new Scouts’ president

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By Greg Seaby

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Newly elected Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates on Friday praised the leadership vote last year that welcomed gay youth into scouting.

“In all candor, I would have supported going further, as I did in opening the way for gays to serve in the CIA and in the military,” the former secretary of defense said in prepared remarks.

Gates spoke at the Boy Scouts of America annual meeting in Nashville, TN. Gates, who was also director of the CIA was elected president of the BSA on Thursday. He also holds the rank of Eagle Scout.

The Boy Scouts voted in 2013 to include gay youth, but does not allow openly gay adults in the organization.

Gates warned that reopening the issue now could “irreparably fracture and perhaps even provoke a formal, permanent split in the movement — with the high likelihood neither side would subsequently survive on its own.”

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  • Cartman

    Just yesterday Robert Gates was in the news for giving a speech in which he said the government is helping to create “a new world order”…..


  • Bob

    Boy Scout leaders need to be men that the boys can follow. If these men are confused about who they are how can they lead the boys and teach them about morality?

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