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Idaho Sheriff Ben Wolfinger Won't Support Boy Scouts Because Sodomy is Illegal

| by Michael Allen
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Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger says he will drop the department's sponsorship of a local Boy Scout troop because of an anti-sodomy statute in Idaho.

“It would be inappropriate for the sheriff’s office to sponsor an organization that is promoting a lifestyle that is in violation of state law,” claimed Sheriff Wolfinger.

Sheriff Wolfinger was likely referring to the vote by the Boy Scouts of America’s National Council last week to allow openly-gay scouts, noted CDAPress.com.

However, Sheriff Wolfinger is apparently unaware that the Boy Scouts do not allow sexual activity between scouts, as they state on their website:

The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting.

"I would encourage you to read the resolution that was passed," said Tim McCandless, CEO of the Inland Northwest Council. "Sodomy is not allowed in scouting and is not an issue in this discussion."

Sheriff Wolfinger may also be unaware that the anti-sodomy law is not enforceable because the U.S. Supreme Court 2003 ruling of Lawrence v. Texas that said non-commercial sexual activity between consenting adults cannot be criminalized.

Sources: CDAPress.com and Scouting.org