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Debate heats up on lifting Boy Scouts ban on gay membership

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Tyler, TX (KYTX) -- It could be a time of transition for the Boy Scouts of America. Board members meet this week to debate ending a national ban on gay membership.

It's an issue parents are talking about.

"I have an 8-year-old boy, his name is Cade, and he loves to be outside," Mandi Stovall, a parent, said.

But Stovall says it concerns her to let Cade join the Boy Scouts if there is a possibility local chapters could then choose to allow gay members.

"If they were to let in a homosexual leader into the group, that bothers me for the safety of my son," Stovall said.

Some other parents feel the same.

"It's a topic that I would not want my son to be introduced to," O'brien Satcher, a father, said.

But voices supporting an end to the policy---are just as loud.

"I wanted to applaud the national organization for making a step in the right direction. This is something that means a lot to me as a parent," Scott Eckert, a parent, said. 

President Obama echoed his support to allow homosexuals in Scouts in a CBS News interview with Scott Pelley Sunday evening.  Obama said he believes gays and lesbians should have access to the same opportunities as everyone else.

The possible change comes just as the East Texas Area Council announces Dewayne Stephens as the new CEO. He takes over March 1st.

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