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Church Opinions Mixed, As Boy Scouts Consider Policy On Gays

Local churches react to the Boy Scouts of America policy change proposal, which will be announced in May.

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Baltimore area Boy Scouts gather at Murphy Field House during a daylong S.T.E.M. Merit Badge Day.

Most Boy Scout troops in the United States are chartered by religious organizations, many of which have stances on homosexuality.

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Bloomington charters Boy Scout Troop 100. St. Mark’s pastor Ned Steele says he personally believes in a more inclusive policy.

“I think there’s such an overwhelming tide of history rushing towards that organization that for them to not do the right thing and open their organization to gays is just going to be monumentally sad,” Steele says.

Pastor Dave Blystone of Asbury United Methodist Church in Columbus, whose church charters Boy Scout Troop 559, says there are entrenched feelings on both sides of the issue, which complicate it.

“I appreciate being open to people regardless of the situation and circumstances in their lives,” he says. “I also recognize some of the challenges that are related to that. It’s not an easy situation.”

A Quinnipiac University poll finds 55 percent of voters nationwide support the participation of openly gay members in scouting.

  • cwgmpls

    “It’s not an easy situation”. And BSA is trying to promote a series called “Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout?” Come on, BSA. You are tough. You are brave. The right decision is clear; I think you are up to one more tough task.

  • Jack_M_eoph

    Say, you don’t suppose the Boy Scouts are hiding a bunch of pedophilia, just like the Catholic Church, do ya?
    I mean this is just men & boys in the woods learning about….. you know….. how nature works. How could that go wrong?
    Never mind!

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