Boy Scouts survey more than a million on gay ban

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The Boy Scouts of America has sent surveys to more than a million members and families to gather opinion about its ban on gays.

Another 325,000 surveys will later be sent to those who are involved in alumni scouting groups, the New York Times reported.

The Scouts was poised to lift the ban January, but leadership delayed the action amid widespread outcry and promised to research the matter further.

The questionnaire is part of that research — and findings are scheduled to come up for formal review at the Scouts’ annual meeting in May, a spokesman for the organization said.

“David, a Boy Scout, believes that homosexuality is wrong,” one question on the survey begins. “His troop 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. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for this troop to deny Steve membership?”

And another: “A troop is chartered by an organization that does not believe homosexuality is wrong and allows gays to be ministers. The youth minister traditionally serves as the Scoutmaster. The congregation hires a youth minister who is gay. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for this youth minister to serve as the Scoutmaster?”

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