DAYTON, Ind. (WLFI) - A debate lasting two decades got its answer last month. The Boy Scouts of America voted to change a century-old policy and allow openly gay youth to participate in the scouts.
Chris Mehaffey is the Executive Scout of the Sagamore Council. The council oversees 15 Indiana counties of scouts including Tippecanoe.
Mehaffey said he is happy the decision is behind them.
"We're not here to be a part of a national discussion about sexual orientation or to be a political pawn," Mehaffey said. "We're here to serve kids."
However, Mehaffey may feel some of the backlash of the decision. Since the vote, some religious institutions have cut ties with the scouts.
He said Dayton United Methodist Church in Tippecanoe County will most likely end its charter with cub pack 3316.
Although Mehaffey has not received official word, he said the church has all the necessary paperwork to end the charter.
"From the conversations we have had with the leadership of that church, yes, we are expecting that to happen," Mehaffey said. "Because we are expecting that to happen we have lined up another charter partner that we expect to go through a conversation this week."
Mehaffey is not releasing the name of the other group willing to charter the pack because the charter agreement is not final.
News 18 also contacted the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette to ask if churches may end charters with groups.
The diocese released this statement:
"The diocese will continue to support the efforts of the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts' policy statement, on its face, does not contradict Catholic teaching regarding people with same-sex attraction. Chastity in all relationships of our lives is the guiding principle for followers of Jesus Christ."
Mehaffey said there are no hard feelings if Dayton United Methodist Church decides to stop its charter.
"When we have a disagreement with people we listen to what the disagreement is, we understand the other point of view, and we move forward," Mehaffey said.
The new policy will go into effect January first.
News 18 called the Dayton United Methodist Church for a comment. Our call was not returned.
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