Boy Scouts leaders meet to discuss alternatives

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Updated Friday, May 24 at 7:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A group of Boy Scout leaders will meet in Louisville next month to talk about developing another alternative to the Boy Scouts.

This is in response to a historic vote yesterday that will allow gays to openly take park in the youth organization.

It was a progressive move that some feel is not the best fit for America’s young boys.

But a Louisville man who voted to break down the ban on gays says what happened is a major milestone for this country.

“It was incredible,” Greg Bourke, former Louisville Scout Leader said. “All of these years of disappointment and all of these years of working towards trying to get the boy scouts more inclusive has paid off in some way.”

Bourke helped lead the charge to reverse the ban on gays in the boy scouts.

He is in Texas right now after taking part in yesterday's vote and spoke to us by phone.

He says news of the meeting in Louisville and a possible break away from the boy scouts is disheartening.

“It makes me sad because I don't want to see anyone leaving the boy scouts. The boy scouts should be all inclusive. It should be open to everyone,” Bourke said.

“Boys engage in high risk behavior. They do crazy things. So clearly, scouting's either going to have to do one of two things; They're either gonna have to put homosexual boys with other boys and put them at risk. We wouldn't put boys and girls sleeping together.  Why?  Because they're attracted to each other,” said John Stemberger, who is organizing the meeting in Louisville next month.

Some local churches that have Boy Scout charters tell me they have concerns over the new policy and if it fits into their Christian beliefs.

They didn't want to speak on camera but say they want to minister to are in limbo determining what that means for the boy scouts.


 

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