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Boy Scouts wear uniforms in Utah gay pride parade

A dozen Boy Scouts marched while wearing their uniforms in support of gay rights during the Utah Gay Pride Parade Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Salt Lake City. According to chief scout executive of the Great Salt Lake Council, Rick Barnes, Boy Scouts were not allowed to wear uniforms at the event.

NBC News reports:

Boy Scouts and adult volunteers wore their uniforms Sunday as they marched in Utah’s gay pride parade ? defying a leader of the youth organization who had said they couldn’t do so under the organization’s guidelines prohibiting advocating political or social positions.

The Utah Pride Festival Parade came a little more than a week after national delegates of the Boy Scouts of America approved allowing gay youth to join, ending controversial membership guidelines that had in recent years dogged one of the nation’s most popular organizations for children and teens.

“It just feels like the right thing to do,” Kenji Mikesell, an 18-year-old Eagle Scout and high school senior still active with his troop, said before leaving for the parade in Salt Lake City.

“It’s kind of a way of saying we want you here,? added Mikesell, who marched with Mormons Building Bridges and whose troop is chartered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. ?Scouting has been a very positive influence in my life, and I’d like to see more people take advantage of it now that the ban has been lifted.?

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