By JUAN LOZANO and TRAVIS LOLLER
HOUSTON - The Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution today expressing its opposition to and disappointment in the Boy Scouts of America's new policy allowing gay Scouts.
The resolution was voted on by members at the denomination's annual meeting in Houston. It also calls on the Boy Scouts to remove executive and board leaders who tried to allow gays as both members and leaders without consulting the many religious groups that sponsor Scout troops.
While the resolution does not recommend that Southern Baptists drop ties with the Scouts, it expresses support for those churches and families that decide to do so. It also encourages churches and families who choose to remain with the Scouts to work toward reversing the new membership policy.
Because all Southern Baptist churches are independent, the denomination cannot force a church to drop ties with the Scouts. However, churches occasionally are kicked out of the convention for practices considered incompatible with Southern Baptist beliefs.
The resolution takes a softer tone than the denomination has many times in the past.