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Protests call for Boy Scouts to keep gay ban in place

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CHARLOTTE - Rallies in Charlotte, Raleigh and across the country took place Friday, calling on the Boy Scouts of America to keep its current ban on gay membership.

Next week in Texas, the National Council will vote on a resolution that would allow gay boys to join but not openly gay adults. Both are currently banned.

Those rallying say sex and politics have no place in the Scouts.

"If they don't change the policy, they might lose 20,000 to 30,000 people. This issue has brought things to a head, and created, unfortunately i believe, some wounds and division" said Scouts volunteer and rally organizer Skip Alexander.

"I think there's a lot of pressure on the national level, some of the major contributors to the Boy Scouts but there's also a lot of parents who are concerned that this will just bring another facet to the boy scouts that they don't want," said Brad Kiser who's son is a Cub Scout.

Many rallies were met with peaceful protest in favor of the resolution. In Charlotte, former scout Matt Comer spoke in front of the crowd. He was kicked out of the Boy Scouts when he was a teenager after his troop learned he was gay.

He's been fighting the policy ever since and is founder of the Inclusive Scouting Network.

"When you talk about including gay scouts in the program we're not talking about sex. We are not talking about politics. We are talking about affirming young people and accepting young people for who they are,” said Comer.

While not allowed to vote, both Comer and Alexander will be in Texas next week for the history making decision.

"We do have common ground in that everybody wants what's best for scouting," said Comer.

The resolution is scheduled to be voted on next Thursday. If it passes, it would go into effect in January.

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