By Jim Roope, CNN
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(CNN) – The Boy Scouts of America will hold a controversial vote at its annual meeting this week that could open the door to gay Scouts to join the more than 100-year-old organization. The new resolution however would keep out gay adult leaders.
If the resolution passes, it could mean that many conservative and church sponsors of troops may cancel those sponsorships, leaving troops without a place to meet.
Reverend Earnest Easley, Senior Pastor of the Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia, said his church could no longer sponsor the Boy Scouts if they admit openly gay boys:
[0:57] “We cannot be a sponsor of any group that openly embraces a moral agenda contrary to our beliefs.”
Pierre Landry, a long-time Scout leader in Southern California, said attitudes that exclude gay boys from the BSA are nothing less than homophobic:
[2:05] “It shouldn’t be an issue in Scouting. It’s got nothing to do with Scouting.”
Landry says Scouting should be concerned only with character development, citizenship training, and physical fitness. Results of the vote by 1,400 local Boy Scout leaders is expected Thursday evening.