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Poll shows support for Boy Scouts to drop ban on out gay members

A recent poll shows a majority of Americans see no problem with out gay Boy Scouts.

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10th February 2013 01:11

Alessia Valenza | ILGA North America

The Quinnipiac University poll, released on 6 February, shows that 55 percent of Americans want the Boy Scouts of America to drop its ban on out members.  Only 33 percent wish for no change in the BSA’s policy.

‘Now that the Armed Forces ban on openly gay service members has been lifted, and polls show increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage, most American voters think it’s time to open up the Boy Scouts too,’ Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

The survey’s numbers show a gender divide ‘as women support gay scouts 61 – 27 percent, compared to 49 – 39 percent among men.’  There are also differences when religion is accounted for. White Catholics favor gay scouts, 63 to 25 percent. However, white Protestants are more evenly divided, with 44 percent for and  41 against. The majority of white evangelical Protestants want no change, with 56  percent  against gay scouts and only 33 for.

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