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Teen Achieves Eagle Scout Milestone, Likely First Openly Gay Member To Do So

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File photo of a detailed view of a Boy Scout uniform. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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CHEVY CHASE, Md. (CBS Houston/AP) — Change is coming quickly to the Boy Scouts of America.

It took only a few weeks since the Scouts lifted a ban on gay youth for a gay scout in Maryland to achieve the highest rank of Eagle Scout. The Boy Scouts of America, who are based in Irving, Texas, lifted their previously existing ban on homosexual members earlier this year.

On Monday night, Boy Scout Troop 52 formed a circle and gave Pascal Tessier a sustained applause when the scoutmaster announced the 17-year-old was officially an Eagle.

For more than a year, Tessier of Kensington has been speaking out to end the ban on gay youth in scouting. After a vote last year, the policy changed Jan. 1 to include all boys, regardless of sexual orientation.

The advocacy group Scouts for Equality says Tessier is likely the nation’s first openly gay Eagle under the new policy and the most high profile.

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