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Local students react to Boy Scouts' decision to allow in openly gay scouts

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Local students react to Boy Scouts' decision to allow in openly gay scouts

By Nick Montes. CREATED May 24, 2013

WHITEFISH BAY - Students at Whitefish Bay High School are just hearing the news about the Boy Scouts of America allowing openly gay scouts in the group, and many are happy about it.

Nick Fetting is a junior at Whitefish Bay High School working on becoming an Eagle Scout. He would like to see other teens learning in the scouts like he has, even if they are openly gay. Gay scouts have been banned from the century old organization for 22 years.

"It’s about time," Fetting says. "There's not any one reason they shouldn't allow gay people in scouts."

More than 61 percent of the Scouting's National Council voted to lift the ban Thursday, despite strong opposition.

"We're focused on building strong young men and not getting the organization turned into a sexual agenda item for a special interest organization,” Dave Welch with the Texas Pastor Council says.

But, not everyone sees it that way. Nina Singleton is a member of the Gay-Straight Alliance at Whitefish Bay High School.

"It's such a milestone. People should be really happy and excited that anyone can join now,” Singleton says.

Vicki Kunz has two daughters in the Girl Scouts. She says this is a step in the right direction.

"We live in a time that inclusion is something that is becoming more accepted," Kunz says.

"It's a very difficult decision for a lot of people, but we are moving forward,” Boy Scouts of America President Wayne Perry says.

The new ruling to allow openly gay scouts take effect next year.