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Local churches to cut ties with BSA over gay policy

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Some North Texas churches are cutting ties with the Boy Scouts of America after the organization announced plans to allow openly gay boy scouts.

Monsignor E. James Hart of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller, decided to not renew the boy scouts' charter for 2014.

He said in a letter to the church that it wasn't an easy choice, but he expressed doubts that the new gay policy would work.

"I think that I have a responsibility not to allow them to be put in situations that aren't going to be good for them," Monsignor Hart said.

Monsignor Hart also warns of "unwanted consequences" such as lawsuits.

The boy scout master associated with the catholic church says he has no plans to leave the organization, and will instead find a new sponsor.

Pastor Dan Kirk of Calvery Bible Church in Fort Worth says his church also plans to cut ties in January, when the new policy takes place.

Kirk says the church is not taking a stand against homosexuals, but rather a moral stand.

"We have people who come who are struggling with homosexual desires and they know that we love them and we serve them. This isn't about that at all," Pastor Kirk said. "It's about us identifying ourselves with an organization who has formally said now, that they are adopting the homosexual agenda."

One scout who, along with his brother, will lose the progress he's made in BSA, says his support for his church comes with hope that there will be something to take its place.

"It's not so much me, as I said, I age out soon," Ian Long said, "but it's all the young guys in our church who need this kind of structure."

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