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Southern Baptists oppose gay Scouts

HOUSTON — The Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution Wednesday expressing its opposition and disappointment over the Boy Scouts of America’s new policy allowing gay Scouts.

The resolution was voted on by members at the denomination’s annual meeting in Houston. It 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 religious groups that sponsor the Scouts.

While the resolution does not recommend that Southern Baptists drop ties with the Boy Scouts, it expresses support for those churches and families that decide to do so.

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Because all Southern Baptist churches are independent, the denomination cannot force a church to drop ties with the Boy Scouts. However, churches are occasionally kicked out.

Associated Press