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

June 14th, 2013 10:19 am by Jennifer Sprouse, NET News Service

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
Scouts.

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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