About two dozen people attended a noon rally at the headquarters of the New Birth of Freedom Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Silver Spring Township Friday.
The group urged their delegates attending a national meeting in Texas next week to cast their votes against a policy that would allow local scouting councils to decide to accept openly gay boys into troops.
Speakers at the event included an eagle scout, a scoutmaster and the mother of eagle scouts who all predicted boys and leaders alike will leave the organization in droves rather than "compromise their principles" on the issue.
"We'll have to quit scouting if they vote for this new resolution," said Allison Mackey, who organized the rally.
Speakers also praised the traditions of scouting, saying the model has been proven to produce leaders, and said scouting is not the place for discussions of sexuality.
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