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Gay scouts impact: Local Scout Council leader says area churches’ decisions not yet known

Jennifer Sprouse, NET News Service • Jun 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Despite concerns about churches possibly dropping their association

with Boy Scouts of America because of a new policy allowing gay Scouts, a

local scout executive said it was too early to know the impact on area

scout troops.

David Page, scout executive and CEO of the BSA Sequoyah Council, said

Thursday charter partners change and drop units every year for a

variety of reasons. He said chartered members, including faith-based

organizations, have the right to pull their association from the Boy


He said council leaders will know closer to December as to how many

of those organizations decide to pull their ties from scouting and their

reasons for doing so.

The Sequoyah Council opposed the policy change approved by the BSA National Council on May 23 but will implement the new policy

effective Jan. 1. The new membership policy states that “No youth may

be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on basis of sexual

orientation or preference alone.”

Read more at the Johnson City Press.

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