Scout leaders resign over ban on homosexuals

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CORVALLIS, Ore. - Jenny and David Kerr were den leaders in Cub Scout Pack 170 before all six leaders decided to leave the Boy Scouts of America over its policy barring gays and lesbians from the organization.

"It was a policy we were not comfortable with, so we decided as leaders within the organization to disassociate ourselves from Boy Scouts of America," Jenny Kerr said.

After a 2-year review, the Boy Scouts re-affirmed its policy to exclude homosexuals. The organization includes Boy Scouts, Webelos and Cub Scouts.

According to the Boy Scouts of America membership policy on their website: "we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distrtaction to the Boy Scouts of America."

Some Eagle Scouts are returning their badges to the organization in protest.

And some leaders, like the Kerrs, are choosing to leave the group.

The move is not necessarily the end of Pack 170, however.

"It remains to be seen whether or not other parents will step up for this particular pack going forward," Jenny Kerr said, "but we will not be leading them going forward."

She said the leaders will be forming an "Adventure Club" with their sons. They said they've had a great experience with the local Boy Scouts organization but simply cannot support the national organization. 

"I was hopeful some things had changed," said David Kerr, "and the fact that they haven't changed made us realize we cant handle it any longer."

No one from the local Oregon Trail Council was available for an interview Wednesday. Calls to the national organization had not been returned by Wednesday evening.