Southern Baptists oppose allowing gay Boy Scouts
HOUSTON - The Southern Baptist Convention has approved a resolution opposing the Boy Scouts of America's new policy allowing gay Scouts.
The resolution also calls on the Boy Scouts to remove executive and board leaders who tried to allow gays as both members and leaders without consulting the many religious groups that sponsor Scout troops.
While the resolution does not recommend that Southern Baptists drop ties with the Scouts, it expresses support for those churches and families that decide to do so.
It also encourages churches and families who choose to remain with the Scouts to work toward the reversal of the new membership policy.
The Boy Scouts recently chose to no longer require chartered troops to automatically remove any members who were openly homosexual. A spokesperson for the Boy Scouts of America said their policy wasn't about condoning homosexuality, and Scouting policy already prohibits any sexual contact between any youth.
"We believe the BSA policy is fully consistent with how Southern Baptist Churches respond to young people in their congregations and allows them to maintain their beliefs about homosexuality and minister to children who are still learning and developing," said Deron Smith with Boy Scouts of America Public Relations.
Delegates to the annual meeting of the nation's largest Protestant denomination voted on the resolution on Wednesday in Houston.