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Boy Scouts of America delays gay membership decision

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A little over a week after announcing they were considering changing a nationwide policy banning gay members from their ranks, the Boy Scouts of America says it won't make a decision until the national meeting in May.

On Jan. 28, the organization responded to public pressure regarding their membership restrictions pertaining to sexual orientation by saying they were considering a policy change that would allow local scout masters to decide for themselves whether or not to admit LGBT members and leaders.

On Sunday, President Barack Obama said that gays should be allowed in the Boy Scouts and women should be allowed in military combat roles, weighing in on two storied American institutions facing proposals to end long-held exclusions.

The president's comments in a pre-Super Bowl interview on CBS come ahead of this week's meeting of the Boy Scouts' national executive board. A proposal to open up the Scouts' membership to gays is expected to be discussed and possibly voted on at the gathering in Texas.

The Boy Scouts emphatically reaffirmed the no-gays policy just seven months ago, but continued pressure from advocacy groups is keeping the conversation alive.

Many Eagle Scouts have renounced their titles in protest, and several scout groups -- including Minnesota's largest -- refuse to enforce the ban.

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