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BOY, GIRL SCOUTS SHOULD ALLOW GAYS IN RANKS, U.S. SURGEON GENERAL SAYS

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Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders says lesbians should be allowed to join the Girl Scouts and politicians shouldn't worry "about anyone's bedroom but their own."

"I feel that sexuality is up to the individual," Elders said in an interview with USA Weekend magazine made available Wednesday.The interview, conducted April 22, will run this weekend.

Elders defended an interview she gave The Advocate, a gay newspaper, in which she said sex was for pleasure, not just procreation, and urged the Boy Scouts to admit homosexuals.

"I also think girls who are lesbians should be allowed to join the Girl Scouts," she said. "None of us is good enough, or knows enough, to make decisions about other people's sexual preferences."

"What goes on in someone's bedroom is really none of my business," she said. "I don't feel that policymakers and decisionmakers should worry about anyone's bedroom but their own."