20 sponsors in central Ky. dropping Boy Scouts

A central Kentucky Boy Scout official says 20 sponsors either have dropped or plan to drop their charters in response to a policy change earlier this year that allows openly gay youth participate.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A central Kentucky Boy Scout official says 20 sponsors either have dropped or plan to drop their charters in response to a policy change earlier this year that allows openly gay youth participate.

Chip Armishaw, who is chief executive officer of Boy Scouts of America's Blue Grass Council, told The State Journal that the council has found replacement sponsors for almost all of them.

The Blue Grass Council is comprised of 209 chartered organizations in 55 counties in eastern and central Kentucky.

The Boy Scout's National Council voted in May to allow openly gay youth to join but maintained its ban on gay leaders.

Armishaw said the council expected some of its chartered organizations to cut ties after the vote.

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