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GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America's National Council has voted to ease a long-standing ban and allow openly gay boys to be accepted as Scouts. 

Of the local Scout leaders voting at their annual meeting in Texas, more than 60 percent supported the proposal. 

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