Southern Baptists OK Quitting the Boy Scouts

A resolution from the Southern Baptist Convention offers support to Baptist churches that choose to cut ties with the Boy Scouts after the organization decided to admit openly gay youth.

BY Sunnivie Brydum

June 12 2013 1:43 PM ET

The Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution today opposing and expressing disappointment in the Boy Scouts of America's recent decision to allow openly gay youth to participate in the organization. 

While the resolution does not require individual churches within the convention to cut ties with any scout troops, it does express solidarity with churches and leaders who decide to do so, according to the Associated Press. The resolution also calls on the BSA to remove executive and board leaders who voted to allow openly gay youth to serve within the organization without consulting the religious institutions that sponsor many local troops.

In May, the BSA reversed its long-standing ban on "open or avowed homosexual" youth within its ranks, but continues to bar openly gay or lesbian adults from serving as leaders or volunteers with the organization. 

Members of the Southern Baptist Convention voted on the resolution today at the organization's annual meeting in Houston, reports AP. 

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