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Boy Scouts Lift Membership Ban on Gay Youths

(UPDATED) Officials predicted 350,000 may leave, 20,000 may join over decision. Assemblies of God and Southern Baptists suggest exodus.

Update (May 24): The Boy Scouts have issued seven clarifications on the new membership resolution. Among them, notes Religion Clause, is this assertion:

This proposal is in line with the beliefs of most of Scouting's major religious chartered organizations.

Some have asserted that the proposed change for youth runs counter to values of and raises concerns among Scouting's religious chartered organizations. We are unaware of any major religious chartered organization that believes a youth member simply stating he or she is attracted to the same sex, but not engaging in sexual activity, should make him or her unwelcome in their congregation.

Meanwhile, conservative religious alternatives to the Boy Scouts have seen rising interest.

Will there be a mass exodus of religious groups from the Scouts? As RNS finds out, it depends on who you ask. Southern Baptists are likely to exit first.


After a heated debate over whether or not to change long-standing membership policies, ...

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