Boy Scouts Survey Volunteers, Workers on Gay Ban

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Boy Scouts of America is surveying its volunteers and employees across the U.S. on the question of allowing gays in Scouting.

The Irving, Texas-based Scouts last year publicly reaffirmed its ban on gays from the organization. Behind the scenes, though, the Scouts privately convened a committee to determine whether the ban should be modified or lifted.

That change could come in May, when a resolution will be put before the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America to decide whether to keep, modify or rescind the gay ban.

A survey emailed to 1.1 million adult Scouts poses five scenarios that could arise if the ban were lifted. Among them are a troop voting in a lesbian den leader or a gay youth minister serving as Scoutmaster.

Respondents are asked to rate their feelings from strong support to strong opposition.

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