NY Boy Scouts hire gay Eagle Scout despite national policy

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
File - In this Feb. 4, 2013 file photo, shows a close up detail of a Boy Scout uniform.

NEW YORK -- The Boy Scouts' New York chapter has hired the nation's first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader in public contrast to the national scouting organization's ban on openly gay adult members.

The Boy Scouts' Greater New York Councils said Thursday they have hired Pascal Tessier, an 18-year-old who has been a vocal advocate of opening the 105-year-old organization to gay scouts and leaders.

A spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America says there was no change in that national policy, which has been highly divisive. The organization changed its policy in 2013 to allow openly gay scouts but not adults.

Some local Boy Scout councils have let it be known they are open to gay employees. But the New York councils' move presents an unusually acute departure from the national policy.