Should the Boy Scouts Allow Gay Members? [POLL]
Starting today the executive board for the Boy Scouts of America will meet and consider lifting the ban on gay scouts and leaders. Instead of a national decision on the issues, the executive board would let the decision rest locally.
Yesterday, President Obama came out in support of the plan. Governor Rick Perry on Saturday came out against. According to the Dallas Morning News:
Even though the Irving-based Boy Scouts reaffirmed the no-gays policy just seven months ago, the proposal is expected to be discussed, and possibly voted on, at the meeting of the Scouts’ national executive board, which begins Monday.
Perry told the youngsters that the Scouts was a key reason he joined the U.S. Air Force and later sought public office, and that society’s failure to adhere to the organization’s core values was a cause for high rates of teen pregnancy and wayward youth who grow up to be “men joining their fathers in prison.”
Speaking to reporters afterward, Perry said: “Hopefully the board will follow their historic position of keeping the Scouts strongly supportive of the values that make Scouting this very important and impactful organization.”
“I think most people see absolutely no reason to change the position and neither do I,” Perry said. He said his views on the subject haven’t changed since writing his book, in which he noted that profits would be donated to the Boy Scouts of America Legal Defense since “they continue to be under attack from the forces of secularism.”
Asked if he would feel different about the Scouts if the policy is changed, Perry wouldn’t say. But he added: “to have popular culture impact 100 years of their standards is inappropriate.”
He also disagreed that allowing members of all sexual preferences would make the Scouts more tolerant: “I think you get tolerance and diversity every day in Scouting.”
So what do you think? Should the ban be lifted and allow the decision to fall on the local lever? Or should the policy stay as it is right now? Let us know in today’s KFYO Poll of the Day.