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State Capitol / Nashville
Boy Scouts from all across Tennessee are in the state capital tonight to tell their story of leadership, charity and integrity. However, tonight, this annual trek, brings with it a cloud of controversy months in the making.
The Boy Scouts toured major Nashville land marks like the Country Music Hall of Fame, endng their annual trek to Nashville at the state capitol.
Rep. Rick Womick / (R) Rockvale says, "These are the future leaders of our country of our state."
Fellow Eagle Scout and State Representative Rick Womick introduced the boys. Then, one by one, they told legislators the scouting story.
"We've had annual growth of 1.7 %." "Over 250 thousand service hours were performed."
Representative Womick even pulled out his old scouting book of 45 years ago. "To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake & morally straight. The last line is what I want you to remember and the second sub part.. morally straight. "
Without directly mentioning the release last October of 20 thousand pages of pedophilia claims....
Kelly Clark/Attorney interjects, "The Boy Scouts knew that they had a institution wide problem."
Also without directly talking about the push for homosexuals in scouting, the Rockvale Republican stood his ground for this new generation of scouts. "Today we have an attack on that and it comes from all different sides. It's an attack on your freedom on your moral beliefs and what you stand for."
Protesters in the nation's capital sing, "God Bless America, my home sweet home."
Earlier this month, Boy Scouts of America delayed until May a decision on gays as leaders and scout members. For local councils like those in Tennessee, it's business as usual... but in a holding pattern.
Hugh Travis an executive with the Boy Scouts of Tennessee says, "We don't know what that policy will be. The resolution will be voted on in May by 1400 delegates. We have 14 of those delegates coming from Middle TN."
There are nearly 65 thousand scouts in Tennessee. There are three million in the U.S. Opponents of gays in scouting threaten a mass exodus if homosexuals are allowed.
Tuesday, February 26 2013, 12:58 AM CST
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