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Boy Scout Debate: Local leaders evaluate decision to allow gays

Published: 8:39 AM, 06/13/2013 Last updated: 8:40 AM, 06/13/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Larry Brown, director of the Great Smoky Mountain Council for the Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday, June 12, that "several of our organizations are considering not chartering" or continuing their association with the BSA because of their decision three weeks ago at the national level to allow gay youth to join.

Brown said he personally knows of 10 leaders in his Council who have resigned since the May decision.

He noted, however, that the Great Smoky Mountain Council has 4,000 leaders in 21 counties, and that there may be more who have resigned that he is not aware of.

When asked if the debate within the Boy Scouts of America has been "intense", Brown replied, "Oh, yes - certainly. It's been a challenge for the Boy Scouts, both nationally and locally."

Brown said all Boy Scouts of America programs, including the Cub Scouts, are affected by the ruling at the national level.

He said, "We're going to allow youth who may be confused about their sexual orientation. We want to be compassionate to young people. We want to make them better citizens and better adults." 

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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