Eastern Carolina Churches Severing Ties With Boy Scouts Over Gay Members

Some Eastern Carolina churches have chosen not to renew charters with the Boy Scouts after the group announced this year that it would no longer deny membership to gay people.

Regional Scout Executive Ray Franks says about six churches have severed their ties with them.

Many of the churches sponsor more than one scout unit. He says ten units have been able to switch sponsors, while two were lost because no other group picked them up. Those two lost units were at the Sanctuary Apostolic Pentecostal Church in Newport. Franks says those 25 kids had to be absorbed into other scouting units.

The Eastern Carolina Council serves 21 counties east of Raleigh.

In May, the Boy Scouts of America's National Council voted to ease a long-standing ban and allow openly gay boys to be accepted as Scouts.

The Boy Scouts still does not allow gay men to be scout leaders. One Greenville church which picked a unit from another church said if that happened they too would not sponsor a scout group.