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Boy Scouts to formally confirm Gates as president

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NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America is expected to formally confirm former Defense Secretary Robert Gates as its new president.

The group’s national council will vote on Gates’ nomination for the volunteer role on Thursday at the organization’s annual meeting in Nashville.

Gates served as defense secretary for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He also formerly served as director of the CIA and president of Texas A&M University.

As defense secretary, Gates oversaw the end of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy excluding openly gay soldiers. He joins an organization that remains entangled in debates over its policy to allow openly gay Scouts, but exclude openly gay leaders.

Gay-rights groups and opponents of the policy continue to campaign against the Boy Scouts.

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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