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Updated: 5/25/2013 1:18 pm
After a historical vote that opens Boy Scouts to openly gay youth, some scout leaders have planned to break off and create a new organization. John Stemberger is the founder of and said he is done with Boy Scouts. He said a meeting will take place next month in Louisville to create the new alliance.

"We will discuss the creation of a new character development organization for boys. While the meeting will be private, we want the public's input and certainly we want members of the BSA's input." Stemberger told us.

According to him, the BSA estimates that 200 to 400 thousand members will leave the organization because of the decision.

Greg Taylor is the president of the South Plains Boy Scouts Council that oversees 20 counties in our region. He said the decision to lift the ban is contrary to the thinking of many scouts and leaders in this area, but the local troops will do their best to carry on.

"We expressed the will of the people of West Texas. We carried that message, but we are loyal to the Boy Scouts and we are loyal to the organization." Taylor said.

The policy change goes into effect on January 1st of the coming year.
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GigiGee - 5/26/2013 8:32 AM
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The predicted that same thing before DADT was repealed. Didn't happen.
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