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Boy Scouts send out survey on gay ban in Scouting

DALLAS – Boy Scouts of America has emailed a survey to its members, questioning members and parents about the Scouts’ ban on gays.

Dallas Voice said it broke this story today and reprinted the Boy Scouts survey on the gay ban.

“The Boy Scouts of America is in the process of a careful and deliberate review of our membership policy, as it relates to the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation,” the BSA wrote in an email announcing the survey. “We are dedicated to the integrity of this process. In an effort to listen to our members’ perspectives and concerns, we ask you to answer some questions about this topic and about your overall Scouting experiences.”

Sample questions ask this:

David, a Boy Scout, believes that homosexuality is wrong. His troop is chartered to a church where the doctrine of that faith also teaches that homosexuality is wrong. Steve, an openly gay youth, applies to be a member of the troop and is denied membership. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for this troop to deny Steve membership in their troop?

A gay male troop leader, along with another leader, is taking a group of boys on a camping trip following the youth protection guidelines of two-deep leadership. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for the gay adult leader to take adolescent boys on an overnight camping trip?

The Boy Scouts postponed a vote on the gay ban earlier this year, saying the organization wanted to survey membership. The next vote on the issue is scheduled for May at the annual meeting in the Dallas area.