Boy Scouts Sends Its Members Detailed Survey About Gay Ban

Published On : 3/13/2013 3:07 PM
By : EYDER PERALTA
From : NPR
Categories : Nation
In Mississippi last month, scouts took part in a flag retirement ceremony.

The Boy Scouts of America has sent a detailed survey about its exclusion of gay members to 1.1 million scouts.

As The New York Times reports, the survey doesn't just pose a simple yes or no question on whether the Scouts should lift its ban on gay members and leaders. Instead it seeks answers using detailed hypotheticals.

In Mississippi last month, scouts took part in a flag retirement ceremony.

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The Times explains:

"Should gay and straight scouts, for example, be allowed to share a tent on a camping trip? What role should faith play in scouting, if a church sponsoring a local scout troop has taken a position on the inclusion or exclusion of gays and lesbians in its congregation? Does the scout oath, with its language about staying "morally straight," declare a value about sexual orientation or just a general, admirable code of conduct?"
The Associated Press reports the survey included 13 questions, including two "open-ended questions about the impact of either banning or allowing gay member." The AP adds:

"Many of the questions indicate scenarios that would likely arise should the ban on gays be lifted.
"For instance, should the lesbian mother of a Tiger Cub be allowed to serve as den leader if the pack is chartered to a church that teaches that homosexuality is not wrong? Should a gay youth minister be allowed to serve as a Scoutmaster? Should a boy with the qualifications for Eagle Scout be denied the award if he reveals he's gay at his board review?"
As we've reported, the Boy Scouts have been considering repealing a ban. But in July decided to delay a decision.

The organization has also considered allowing local organizations to make their own decision on whether to allow gays in the scouts.

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