Gay ban supporters to pray outside Boy Scout meeting

IRVING, Texas (AP) — As leaders of the Boy Scouts of America ponder whether to move away from a national no-gays membership policy, supporters of the longstanding ban plan to rally and pray outside.

Jonathan Saenz (synz), president of Texas Values, says the "Save Our Scouts" prayer vigil and rally will be held Wednesday morning outside the BSA's national headquarters in Irving, Texas.

At a closed-door meeting, the Boy Scouts' governing board is considering whether to ease the ban on gay scouts and scoutmasters by letting local troop sponsors decide the matter for themselves.

Saenz says people at the rally will pray that BSA leaders "do the right thing and keep the policy that they've had for years."

Some gay advocates consider the proposed policy change inadequate, arguing that no troop should be allowed to exclude gays.

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300-w-28-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values)--As leaders of the Boy Scouts of America ponder whether to move away from a national no-gays membership policy, supporters of the longstanding ban plan to rally and pray outside on Wednesday. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (5 Feb 2013)

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301-a-13-(Jonathan Saenz (synz), president of Texas Values, in AP interview)-"had for years"-Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values, says a "Save Our Scouts" prayer vigil and rally will be held Wednesday morning outside the Boy Scouts of America's national headquarters. ((longer version of cut used in wrap)) (5 Feb 2013)

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303-a-11-(Jonathan Saenz (synz), president of Texas Values, in AP interview)-"you believe in"-Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values, says the rally will urge the Boy Scouts' governing board to keep the ban on gay scouts and scoutmasters. (5 Feb 2013)

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302-a-14-(Jonathan Saenz (synz), president of Texas Values, in AP interview)-"Supreme Court case"-Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values, says the Boy Scouts' governing board should stand firm against pressure to admit gays. (5 Feb 2013)

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