Eastern Carolina Scouts Say Gay Policies Impacting Funding

Boy Scouts here in Eastern Carolina say they have lost funding due to policies on not admitting gay scouts and leaders.

In a news release today, Scout Executive Ray Franks says he believes the national policy to allow gays into scouting would be changed unless more individuals who support the present policy "stepped up to support their local council."

Franks says the East Carolina Council, which is based in Kinston, has lost between $30,000 and $50,000 in the past year in funds that can be directly related to the gay ban. He said they have also been turned down by many trust funds and companies over the issue.

Franks says the local council has three less professional staff than it did at this time last year.

Earlier today, the BSA's national executive board delayed a decision on whether to lift the ban on gays.

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The Boy Scouts of America's national executive board has delayed a decision on whether to lift its longstanding ban on gay scouts and leaders.

BSA said Wednesday the organization will take action on the resolution at its national meeting in May.

The organization said last week it was considering a shift of its policy, which has led officials to remove gay leaders and scouts. That announcement pushed years of debate over the policy to an even higher level.

President Barack Obama -- Scouting's honorary president -- spoke in favor of letting gay scouts in. Others opposed a shift. Protesters on both sides rallied at BSA headquarters in Irving, outside Dallas.

Scout leaders across the country will now have to decide how to handle a very delicate issue.

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