HELENA, AL (WBRC) - Some local churches say they will no longer allow Boy Scout troops to meet on their campuses after the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow openly gay scout members.
First Baptist Church of Helena Pastor Greg Walker is one of the church leaders unhappy with the decision to allow openly gay scouts.
"It's hard on a personal level to say to a troop of young boys who have done nothing wrong and to the leaders, 'You're not welcome here,'"Walker said.
But that's exactly what he says he must do.
"I didn't make the decision, Boy Scouts of America did," Walker said.
So Troop Number 2 will no longer be able to meet at the church.
"It's an issue as a church pastor and Christian that I can't allow a group to openly support a sinful lifestyle under the umbrella of First Baptist Helena," Walker said.
In a written statement on the decision to now allow troops to meet at certain churches, the Greater Alabama Council of Boy Scouts said:
"Early on in this process we decided to make a very strong commitment that if something like this did come up we would continue to support our units in finding and having somewhere to meet."
Walker says he feels that the boys of Troop 2 are ultimately the ones who lose in the situation but he says that will not stop him from keeping them from meeting at his church.
Walker plans to meet with Troop 2's leader Wednesdsay to discuss the changes. He says he will give the troop time to find a new place to meet.