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Scouting leaders focused on Jamboree, not gay vote

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) -- Two months after a vote that accepted openly gay boys as Scouts, officials for the Boy Scouts of America say they've put the issue aside and are focused on their 10-day national Jamboree.

Thousands of Scouts and their leaders begin arriving Monday in southern West Virginia.

Months of divisive debate led to May's vote by the BSA's National Council. The policy change is effective next January.

Boy Scouts chief executive Wayne Brock says in light of the vote, he sees no changes in the way the Jamboree is conducted.

Rich Ferraro of GLAAD says the media watchdog group is continuing to work toward ending the Scouts' ban on gay adults. Ferraro says GLAAD has no planned events surrounding the Jamboree, and Scout leaders say they're unaware of any scheduled protests.

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