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      Local Boy Scouts council wants to lift ban on gay leaders

      The Longhouse Council of the Boy Scouts of America is weighing in on the resolution about to go before the National Scouting Board, which would lift the ban on openly gay scouts.

      The Longhouse Council is the governing body of the scouts in Central New York. It says it supports the measure.

      It's also calling for lifting the ban on gay scout leaders. In a statement sent Monday evening, the Longhouse Council says keeping a ban on gay scout leaders runs contrary to the official recommendation that scouting, youth or leadership, be open to all, regardless of sexual orientation.

      The resolution about youth membership reads as follows:

      "Youth membership in the Boy Scouts of America is open to all youth who meet the specific membership requirements to join the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Sea Scout and Venturing programs. Membership in any program of the Boy Scouts of America requires the youth member to (a) subscribe to and abide by the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law, (b) subscribe to and abide by the precepts of the Declaration of Religious Principle (duty to God), and (c) demonstrate behavior that exemplifies the highest level of good conduct and respect for others and is consistent at all times with the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone."

      The Longhouse Council says since the resolution doesn't address adult leader membership standards, the current national policy that excludes openly gay adult leaders will remain in place.

      The resolution will be voted on at the National Annual Meeting in May.