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Southern Baptists urge continued ban on gay Scouts

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 20, 2013 at 12:23 pm •  Published: February 20, 2013

And the resolution expresses "dismay and disappointment" at any Scout leaders who may have lobbied to remove the ban.

Boy Scouts spokesman Deron Smith responded to the resolution by email, stating, "We recognize, deeply respect and appreciate the sincere religious beliefs held by our members and chartered organizations."

The policy was supposed to be settled on Feb. 6 by the Scouts' 70-member national executive board. Under intense pressure from both sides, the board punted the decision to the 1,400-member National Council, which meets the week of May 20.

The National Council includes regional presidents and representatives of the Scout's 290 local councils, and is more reflective of the organization's base than its executive board, which includes high-powered business executives and civic leaders.