Boy Scouts Takes Poll, Asks About Bunking With Gays
Survey goes out to 1.1M scouts
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2013 8:21 AM CDT
The Boy Scouts uniform is shown on Brad Hankins, a campaign director for Scouts for Equality, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in Dallas, Texas.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

(Newser) – As the Boy Scouts of America continues to wrestle with the question of whether to admit gay members and leaders, it's decided to take members' opinions into account. Some 1.1M scouts and their families received surveys recently, with questions like:

  • Should gay scouts be allowed to share tents with straight scouts on camping trips?
  • Does the scout oath's reference to being "morally straight" imply being sexually straight?

  • If a church sponsoring a scout troop (more than 70% of units are chartered by faith-based organizations) supports or opposes homosexuality, should that make a difference?
And, of course, the organization wants to know: If members disagree with the ultimate decision, will they remain involved or quit? A second group of surveys will soon be sent to scouting alums, the New York Times reports. Boy Scouts national leaders will have the results in advance of May's national annual meeting, where the ban on gay scouts will be addressed. But some are concerned that since only current and past members are being polled, the findings will be skewed—people tend to support the status quo when it comes to groups to which they have a connection.

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Mar 16, 2013 10:51 PM CDT
Yeh, let's put a couple of horny gay boys in a tent together. Nothing will happen. F'n morons. We might as well combine the Girl and Boy scouts and let them sleep together.
Mar 16, 2013 8:23 PM CDT
FYI, I took that survey. The questions were NOT leading, but rather stated the matter plainly. But it is interesting to see society up in arms about wanting to dictate the practices of a private organization. It's interesting to see so many people say that it's wrong for any organization to "be in their bedroom", but yet it's perfectly fine for outsiders to be "in the bedroom" of an organization that they don't have any part in.
Mar 13, 2013 6:13 PM CDT
Yeah, and I bet some of those questions are formulated like "Would you want those gross, immoral, heathens to sleep in the same tent as your honorable scout?". Yeah, I'm sure those results won't be skewed at all.....