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Boy Scouts vote to allow openly gay members

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Former Boy Scout Alan Eckert in 2000 standing on the Four Corners National Monument. Courtesy of Alan Eckert

The National Council of the Boys Scouts of America last night voted to allow openly gay members in the organization. The debate over whether to ease the ban on gay scouts has been lengthy and emotional, with passionate arguments on both sides of the issue. 

Alan Eckert from Albany, California, is one of those voices. About a decade ago he was on his way to earning the rank of Eagle Scout, but quit because of his homosexuality.

We first spoke with him back in January when the Scouts initially announced it might re-consider its rules.

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