Poll: Do You Support Boy Scouts' Anti-Gay Policy?
Patch wants to know what you think on this timely issue.
On Monday, the Boy Scouts of America took a dramatic step. Just seven months after reaffirming its long-standing policy to exclude gay men and boys from participation in the organization, the group is re-thinking the rule.
Fox News reported that the organization is considering giving individual Scout groups, many of them backed by churches and civic organizations, the power to decide whether to continue to ban gays or to allow them to become members.
The move comes in the face of an increasingly tolerant society: A growing number of U.S. parents are keeping or pulling their sons out of a group they see as discriminatory. Public schools and entities with nondiscrimination policies have pulled support for the 113-year-old organization. There have also been boycotts and petitions circulated to protest the group's anti-gay stand, which was first imposed explicitly in 2000. Those actions have led some corporations, among them delivery firm UPS and pharmaceutical company Merck, to withdraw their support for the BSA.
The group also bans atheists; that prohibition has not been addressed publicly at this point.
What do you think? Take the Patch poll and share your view. And—respectfully, please, we have a diverse readership—expand on your opinion in the comments.
DISCLAIMER: Parsippany Patch Editor Natalie Davis, a co-founder of the Baltimore Activists Coalition, led the first anti-BSA protest in the nation over this issue in 2000, and has boycotted the group since the ban became public knowledge.