The Boy Scouts of America emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays yesterday, despite relentless protest campaigns.
A special committee formed by top Scout leaders "came to the conclusion that this policy is absolutely the best policy for the Boy Scouts", said Deron Smith, the national spokesman.
It preserves a long-standing policy that was upheld by the US Supreme Court in 2000 but has remained controversial.
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