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Robert Gates

Daniel Giles / Boy Scouts of America

Incoming Boy Scouts president Robert Gates told KERA he doesn’t plan on pursuing an end to the group’s ban on gay adult leaders because it would be “divisive.”

Gates, the former defense secretary, CIA director and Texas A&M president, spoke with KERA Friday afternoon before he delivered remarks in Nashville at the Boy Scouts of America’s annual meeting.


Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been named the next president of the Boy Scouts of America.
The Irving-based organization announced Gates' appointment to the volunteer position Wednesday. His two-year term begins next May, once he's formally approved by the voting members of the Boy Scouts' National Council.

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Two former US defense secretaries talk to SMU students about Monday’s shootings at the Navy Yard, security clearances and background checks. Robert Gates and Leon Panetta appeared at SMU as part of the Tate Lecture Series.