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Robert Gates: Boy Scouts' Ban on Gay Troop Leaders ‘Unsustainable’

The former secretary of defense, now president of the organization, told its national meeting that times have changed.
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Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is done defending the Boy Scouts' ban on gay leaders. 

Now president of the Boy Scouts of America, Gates said Thursday that the organization's position that forbids gay adults from participating had become outdated.