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Eagle Scouts use badges to decry gay ban

Ned Coltman and his mother, Judy, of Reading, removed his Eagle Scout badge from his Boy Scout uniform. Ned Coltman and his mother, Judy, of Reading, removed his Eagle Scout badge from his Boy Scout uniform. (matthew j. lee/globe staff)
By Liam O’Kennedy
Globe Correspondent / August 27, 2012
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Eagle Scouts from Massachusetts and across the country are returning their Eagle Scout awards to the Boy Scouts of America to protest the organization’s longtime policy that bars openly gay members. Around the United States, at least 148 Eagle Scouts had shared their protest letters on a Tumblr blog organized by a Seattle scout, and more protests have appeared on other social media sites. There are some 2 million Eagle Scouts, the highest honor in Boy Scouts, and the number of protesters is difficult to determine.

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