LOUISVILLE, Ky. — An evangelical Christian church here with more than 30,000 members will break ties with the Boy Scouts of America because it believes the youth organization has become too polarizing, its executive pastor said.
The Boy Scouts’ national council voted last week to allow openly gay youth but maintained its ban on gay leaders.
Tim Hester, executive pastor of Southeast Christian Church, said the youth organization’s consideration of that issue started the discussion that eventually led to the church’s board of elders deciding against renewing the church’s charter with Troop 212, but it wasn’t the deciding issue.
The charter was going to be broken regardless of the Boy Scout vote, he said.
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