(Tampa Bay Times) Earlier this year, when the Boy Scouts of America changed its policy to allow openly gay members, a local council braced for repercussions.

“We knew back in May that it might be a challenge, but we didn’t know how great a challenge,” said Bill Davis, executive with the Scouts’ West Central Florida Council, serving Pinellas and West Pasco counties.

“So far, the biggest fallout is the financial loss. We need about $75,000 to balance our budget this year.”

Also feeling the wrath of those who disapprove of the Boy Scouts’ decision is the Gulf Ridge Council, which serves eight counties, including Hillsborough, East Pasco, Citrus, Hernando and Polk.

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