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April 28, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Boy Scouts voting to lift ban on gay youth, not adults

Sexual preference doesn’t mean age preference

James Oliver, left, hugs his brother and fellow Eagle Scout, Will Oliver, who is gay, as Will and other supporters carry four boxes filled with a petition to end the ban on gay scouts and leaders in front of the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Dallas, Texas. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

James Oliver, left, hugs his brother and fellow Eagle Scout, Will Oliver, who is gay, as Will and other supporters carry four boxes filled with a petition to end the ban on gay scouts and leaders in front of the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Dallas, Texas. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

Presumably, the Boy Scouts of America’s concern is that a gay adult male scout leader might have sexual relations with the boys [“Boy Scouts might accept gay youth, but not adults,” News, April 20].Most of us are (hopefully) aware that being heterosexual or homosexual has nothing to do with whether someone is attracted to those under the age of consent, i.e., pedophilia. And because pedophiles are attracted to “youth” and not necessarily a particular gender, whether a scout master is gay or straight seems immaterial.

However, a homosexual (or bisexual) boy may very possibly be attracted to other boys in the troop, so don’t the Scouts have it backward?

Tom Foster, Mill Creek

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