Saturday, May 25, 2013

North Idaho Sheriff Wants to Drop Charter After Vote To Accept Gay Boy Scouts

Posted By on Sat, May 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

The Kootenai County sheriff says he's prepared to cut off his department's sponsorship of a Boy Scouts of America troop because he believes that the BSA's decision to accept gay scouts promotes a lifestyle that contradicts Idaho state law.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger has already talked to an official with the Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts about the matter.

"This just opens the door to having openly gay scout leaders," Wolfinger told the Press.

But Tim McCandless, CEO of the Inland Northwest Council, told the Press that he wanted to talk with the sheriff about his interpretation of the policy change, which Wolfinger maintains promotes sodomy—a crime under Idaho statute.

"I would encourage you to read the resolution that was passed, however," said McCandless. "Sodomy is not allowed in scouting and is not an issue in this discussion."

McCandless added that he believed "good people can disagree and still work together to accomplish great things for youth."

The policy, which takes effect Saturday, June 1, was approved by 61 percent of voting members at the this week's annual meeting of the Boy Scouts of America National Council.

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