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Published On: Sun, May 5th, 2013

Boy Scout survey reveals over 60% support to maintain ban on homosexuality

A Boy Scouts of America (BSA) survey shows that a majority of members and leaders support maintaining the current policy, which bans homosexuals from joining or leading  the organization.

The BSA has provided CNSNews with the results of survey conducted in February of BSA members, parents, donors and other interested parties. There is a schedule vote in late May (UPDATE: May 23) to possibly change the policy, lift the ban and allow openly homosexual scouts and leaders.

The survey’s executive summarydescribes it as “the most comprehensive listing exercise in [BSA] history.”

BSA survey resulted in 200,000 responses and 61 percent are in favor of keeping the current policy, which excludes open and avowed homosexuals from the BSA and 34 percent say they’d like to see the change.

The stats were pretty similar across the board as the article details:

• 50 percent of Cub Scout parents support the current policy; 45 percent of Cub Scout parents oppose it.

• 61 percent of Boy Scout parents support the current policy.

• 62 percent of unit leaders support the current policy.

• 64 percent of council and district volunteers support the current policy.

• 72 percent of chartered organizations support the current policy.

"Boy Scouts of America" march (sheet music) Page 1 of 6  1916 Photo/John Philip Sousa public domain via wikimedia commons

“Boy Scouts of America” march (sheet music) Page 1 of 6 1916 Photo/John Philip Sousa public domain via wikimedia commons

The survey encompassed five study groups – Youth, Parents and Leaders, National Council, finance and fundraising, and legal.

“Scouting’s review confirmed that this remains among the most complex and challenging issues facing the BSA and society today,” the executive summary states. “Even with the wide range of input, it is extremely difficult to accurately quantify the potential impact of maintaining or changing the current policy.

“While perspectives and opinions vary significantly, parents, adults in the Scouting community, and teens alike tend to agree that youth should not be denied the benefits of Scouting.”

The resolution to be voted on later this month states that “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.”

But the resolution also says youths must “abide by the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law,” honor their duty to God, and “demonstrate behavior that exemplifies the highest level of good conduct and respect for others and is consistent at all times with the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law.”

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