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Is Boy Scout decision 'a little too late'

There are 7500 Boy Scouts living along the panhandle.
The Boy Scout vote has people in our area sharing their views on the historic decision.

 "Gay Boy Scouts have been given the green light after a history making decision was made to lift the ban on gay members"

It took more than a hundred years for Boy Scouts of America to open its doors to gay members.

Jane Birdwell - Pensacola
"I'm sure that they're pleased they were able to come to this decision which is long overdue in everyone's minds"

Jane Birdwell is like many people in the area who feel discriminating against boys because of their sexual orientation
who are otherwise qualified to become a Boy Scout, just isn't right.
Shelly Chandler - Pensacola
"For a national organization to restrict that it's very frightening to me so I'm very happy they're not restricting it anymore

Of the 7500 Boy Scouts along the panhandle,
3500 are in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.
Local Boy Scout officials say, they've heard a few complaints from parents who are upset by the decision to allow gay members.

But the historic change only affects Scouts 'under' the age of 17.
Scout 'leaders', 18 and over, who are gay, are still not welcomed.

Jane says she still has a problem with that.
Jane Birdwell - Pensacola
"People assume that because you're gay that that means some kind of sexual predatory-something and we all need to be more involved and understand that the two are not related"

But for those in the gay community, like Sarah Walker, she says the damage has already been done.

Sarah Walker - Pensacola Beach
"I don't foresee anyone in the gay community to join just because it's on paper that accept you now and that we're welcoming because in real life, the paper doesn't really mean much"

"The new policy goes into affect in January of next year.