Democratic North Carolina Congressman ‘Disappointed’ By End Of Ban On Gay Scouts

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Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC) told North Carolina television station WECT that he’s unhappy the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on gay youth.

“I’m very disappointed,” McIntyre said. “I know my church has a long history of producing Eagle Scouts including my son and I know that many organizations that sponsor scouting are quite concerned about that and did not feel like it was an appropriate step. I know I’m concerned about it and did not think it was an appropriate step.”

McIntyre is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, which is identified on its website as a group of “fiscally conservative Democrats that are deeply committed to the financial stability and national security of the United States and dedicated to finding bipartisan solutions to the nation’s biggest challenges.” The congressman isn’t the only prominent critic of the BSA’s new policy. Religious groups and Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry were among those who expressed disappointment after the organization voted to end the ban.

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