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Opinions were divided on a new policy the Boy Scouts of America is considering that would lift its decades-old ban on openly gay scouts. The policy would keep in place a ban on gay troop leaders.
About 36 percent said they disapproved because they wanted to see the rules stay as they are; 44 percent said they disapproved because they thought gay adults should be allowed to participate too, 14 percent approved, and 6 percent weren’t sure.
Here are some of the comments.
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“As a former scout, I think it is a good thing that the BSA is becoming more inclusive. However, as a private organization, I think they should be allowed to set their own rules just as any other private organization can within the United States.”
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“If the BSA wants to have nonprofit tax status they should not be allowed to discriminate. Unless you want a date with a person, their sexual preference should not concern you.”
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“Men who are against gays often are fearful of their own homosexual tendencies.”
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“Until they lift the ban altogether we will continue our policy of not contributing to the Boy Scouts.”
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“Homosexuality is neither healthy nor normal. This is just another attack on traditional values in America.”
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