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Local Boy Scout Council to vote against lifting gay ban

NET News Service • May 15, 2013 at 7:40 AM

The Boy Scouts of America Sequoyah Council, which governs Boy Scout units in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, announced Tuesday its plan to vote against national efforts to allow people who are openly gay to join or be involved in the organization.

The BSA National Council intends to meet in Texas the week of May 20 to let the approximately 1,400 voting members decide the issue.

Sequoyah Council leaders reviewed surveys and comments submitted to them and the majority that responded was in favor to keep the current BSA policy intact, according to a council news release.

“We are continuing to uphold the standards, beliefs and traditions Scouting has held for over 100 years,” Parker Smith, president of the Sequoyah Council Board, said in the release. “As a representative of thousands of youth, adults and alumni in the Sequoyah Council, it is our duty to take their voice to Grapevine, TX on May 23 with a vote to uphold the current membership policy.”

Read more at the Johnson City Press.

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