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Church meeting discusses future of Boy Scout troop

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - It was a historic decision made by the Boy Scouts of America. For the first time in their hundred year history, gay kids can be scouts.

In Georgetown, a church is allowing its board members to discuss if a boyscout troop that meets there will be allowed to continue given the recent ruling.

"We invited Troop 421 to meet in our building a couple of months ago," explains Teaching Elder, Jack Brooks, "we've had a long history with the BSA so this isn't something new for the church."

Since announcing their decision to allow membership of gay scouts, some organizations across the country have been cutting their ties with the civic institution. Already, four places of worship within the commonwealth have pulled the plug on their charters.

The Boy Scouts of America describe the vote as quote "the most comprehensive listening exercise in scouting's history" -- gauging opinions. Elder Brooks says leaders there want to give the congregation an opportunity to do the same.

"I had suggested to the other Elders on our board this is something we should talk about amongst ourselves. First, in case something should come up and we're asked and two, to know what we are doing and why we were doing it."

We're told church elders met Thursday night, and agreed to allow the Boy Scouts to continue meeting at the church.

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