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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A new policy for The Boy Scouts of America will go into effect January 1st, allowing gay youth to join as new members. And even though this policy has won over half the votes from council members of BSA, there are still some people and sponsors who continue to stand firmly against it.

With about 70 percent of sponsorship provided by churches and several holding conservative positions, the BSA is seeing a some of these organizations drop out. However, most of their major supporters such as the Mormon churches and Roman Catholics continue to provide their services.

According to an article in the Huffington Post, Revered Kevin Rhoades of Indiana said "I see no reason to prohibit our parishes from sponsoring Boy Scout troops, at the same time, it is critical that we be vigilant on how this new policy is interpreted and implemented." For those who disagree have turned to an alternative group called Trail Life USA. Trail Life member Ron Orr said "The scripture is very clear that being homosexual is a sin, we've got to be able to hold a strong line and set a consistent example for our young men."

With this new policy several questions have been raised from parents such as how the BSA will handle sleeping arrangements and shower and bathroom conduct. The BSA has responded saying although scouts can acknowledge their sexual orientation, they will not be allowed to distribute or promote information of sexual nature and as for personal space is concerned they are encouraging leaders to provide more privacy for scouts. For executive board member Brad Haddock, he says he trusts his unit leaders to use their knowledge to prevent conflict.

Although this policy will allow gay youth members to join, the BSA is still banning gay adults from becoming leaders.

 

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