Southern Baptist Convention opposes Boy Scouts gay policy

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(WTVM/AP) - At their yearly convention in Houston, the Southern Baptist Convention has approved a resolution opposing the Boy Scouts of America's new policy allowing gay Scouts. This comes after much speculation that the SBC would abandon the Boy Scouts completely.

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.

70% of Boy Scout troops are sponsored by faith-based groups.

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.

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