The Boy Scouts of America organization has officially moved on to the “consideration” stage of their plan to end the ban against allowing gay members to join. The organization recently sent out surveys asking parents whether or not they thing gay and straight Boy Scouts should share sleeping quarters.
The questions go to the heart of the issue, presenting scenarios some may find challenging.
The Boy Scouts of America, now considering a change in the group’s longstanding policy against allowing openly gay members, has sent out a questionnaire that goes beyond a simple yes or no on the subject.
Among them: Is it acceptable for a gay scout and a straight scout to share a tent on an overnight camping trip?
The survey sent to leaders and parents includes five multiple-choice answers ranging from “totally acceptable” to “totally unacceptable.”
The Boy Scouts said in a statement Tuesday that they’re in the “listening phase” and are “reviewing a number of issues and how they will impact the BSA, including youth, chartered organizations, parents, and financial, fundraising, and legal concerns.”
The survey’s nine questions directly address those concerns and point to the complexities of the issues involved.
Here’s one of the questions from the survey:
“David, a Boy Scout, believes that homosexuality is wrong. His troop is chartered to a church where the doctrine of that faith also teachers that homosexuality is wrong. Steven, an openly gay youth, applies to be a member in the troop and is denied membership. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for this troop to deny Steve membership in their troop?”
Another question asks if a lesbian mom should be allowed to be den leader, if the church it’s chartered to has no problem with same sex sexuality.
Do you think gay Boy Scouts and straight Boy Scouts should share tents?