Boy Scouts of America Delays Decision on Membership Policy Banning Gays


On Thursday, the BSA posted their contact information and a request for feedback to their Facebook page. In five days, the post received almost 5,200 comments. Another post from a few days before with a link to the membership policy received almost 23,000 comments in just over a week.

The comments ranged from former scouts asking the organization to uphold its rule to Den Mothers begging BSA to include all boys.

A poll released by Quinnipiac University Wednesday said 55 percent of American voters would support the BSA dropping its ban, whereas 33 percent would want to preserve it.

Women supported its repeal 61 to 27 percent. For men, the decision was tighter with 49 percent advocating for gay scouts and 39 percent opposing them.

A Gallup/USA Today poll conducted in December that asked specifically about allowing gay and lesbian adults to serve as scout leaders found 52 percent opposed the idea.

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