Some groups oppose Boy Scouts' gay ban lift

News Center 23

POSTED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 3:43pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 11:07am

The Boy Scouts of America changed history when they decided to lift their ban on allowing gay participants to join the 103-year-old organization. But, not everyone agrees that it was the right thing to do.

“Although a lot of people believe that the Boy Scouts lifting the ban admitting gay youth to participate was a step in the right direction, other organizations, like the Church, have been less than subtle about expressing their disappointment.”

A reported 70 percent of Boy Scout troops are supported by religious groups. But certain organizations, like churches in Kentucky and Texas, are cutting ties with the Boy Scouts and have openly stated that the ban lift goes against their moral code.

Even some Rio Grande Valley sponsors have simply stopped offering donations to the Boy Scouts because of their disapproval.

“The Rio Grande Council covers the five counties in the Rio Grande Valley. And we will, and already have been affected financially. We’ve lost about $30,000 worth of funding by some donors who have decided to leave us.”

But this scout executive is optimistic. He believes that this will only be a brief hiccup in a long-lasting future of the Boy Scouts.

“I believe that we’re going to have an increase in our membership. I believe that being all-inclusive will allow parents to decide to be part of an organization that’s been around for 103 years and delivered incredible values to young people, made incredible adults, and continues to do the same thing.”

Reporting in Harlingen, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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