Scouts participating in a Gay Pride Parade in Seattle, USA
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Openly gay men allowed to join Scouts in 2014

31 December 2013 Last updated at 23:12 GMT

From January 1 2014, openly gay young men will be allowed to join America's Scouts.

The move follows a long and sometime impassioned debate in the Boy Scouts of America movement, culminating in a vote last May by the organisation's national council.

However, gay men will remain barred from leadership positions in the movement.

Russell Trott reports.