Clarksville Boy Scout leader resigns over gay ban

Bill Moser

Clockwise from left, Boy Scouts Eric Kusterer, Jacob Sorah, James Sorah, Micah Brownlee and Cub Scout John Sorah hold signs at the �Save Our Scouts� Prayer Vigil and Rally in front of the Boy Scouts of America National Headquarters in Irving, Texas, Wednesday, February 6, 2013. The Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday it needed more time before deciding whether to move away from its divisive policy of excluding gays as scouts or adult leaders. (AP Photo/Richard Rodriguez)

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A longtime Clarksville Boy Scout leader has resigned, saying he cannot support a policy that forces openly gay boys out of Scouting.

Bill Moser's Wednesday resignation came a day after the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts said it will not support a proposal to partially lift the group's long-standing exclusion of gays.

Moser told The Leaf-Chronicle he believes the current policy forces boys who join the Scouts when they are young to either quit scouting or lie about their orientation when they are older.

In response to the resignation, the Middle Tennessee Council issued a statement saying it spent countless hours polling volunteers and parents and believes the current ban is in the best interest of the organization.

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