On the heels of the Boy Scouts decision to keep its ban on gay scouts and scoutmasters (for now, anyway), a new Quinnipiac University poll suggests a majority of Americans think the organization made the wrong call.
From January 30to February 4, surveyors asked 1,772 registered voters “Do you think The Boy Scouts of America should continue its ban on openly gay members or end its ban on openly gay members?”
Among the poll’s findings:
* American voters support ending the ban by a margin of 55-33%
* White Catholics support gay scouts 63 – 25 percent, while 44% of white Protestants want the BSA to open up scouting, compared to 41% who say no. White evangelicals oppose gay scouts 56%-33% percent.
* Women support gay scouts 61-27%
* 54% of those surveyed were Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts
“An organization that serves youth and chooses to intentionally hurt dedicated young people and hardworking parents not only flies in the face of American principles, but the principles of being a Boy Scout,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “The Boy Scouts of America is choosing to ignore the cries of millions, including religious institutions, current scouting families, and corporate sponsors, but these cries will not be silenced.”