March 13th, 2013
03:41 AM ET

Survey: Can gay, straight Scouts share tent?

The questions go to the heart of the issue, presenting possible scenarios some may find challenging.

The Boy Scouts of America, now considering a change in the group's longstanding policy against allowing openly gay members, has sent out surveys to leaders and parents.

The survey asks nine questions on the issue that go beyond a simple yes or no. Among them: Is it acceptable or unacceptable for a gay scout and a straight scout to share a tent on an overnight camping trip?

The five multiple-choice answers range from "totally acceptable" to "totally unacceptable."

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Gay and straight Boy Scouts have been sharing tents since that organisation began camping trips.
    The question asked by BSA really is, "can't we just keep gay people in the closet the way we've always done?"

    March 13, 2013 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Certainly. BSA should not fall to the financial pressure and change its core values that have been instilled for the past 100+ years. They should not open a Pandora's box of legal suits against local troops, charter organizations and leaders for upholding the core values in which they believe. Changing this long standing policy will result in droves of leaders resigning and troops folding to prevent such lawsuits when faced with making such a decision. It's just easier to walk away. In the words of Baden-Powell, our founder when faced with a battle with the secretary of the Young Communist League , "You can't fight without two." BSA should step aside and wash its hands of the activists trying to start this fight.

      March 13, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |