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Patch’s Poll: Do You Care About a Group’s Public Stance on Civil Issues Such as Gay Rights?

The Boy Scouts of America and Chick-fil-a were subjects of either praise or scrutiny last week for solidifying their opposition on certain gay rights issues.

The Boy Scouts of America made national headlines last week when it reaffirmed its ban on allowing gay youths to be Scouts and gay men or women to be Scout masters.

The announcement came last Tuesday after a two-year review by a special 11-member Boy Scout committee, as reported by The Washington Post, in which the committee agreed to continue an anti-gay policy upheld following a 2000 Supreme Court decision.

Around the same time this news broke, the president of the Chik-fil-A chain of restaurants, Dan Cathy, said that his privately owned company is “guilty as charged” in its support for traditional marriage, the Post reported.

Both stories sparked a media firestorm from supporters and detractors of gay marriage. Some Democrats have taken hard lined stances against the business, such as Boston Mayor Tom Menino who wrote a public letter announcing “there’s no place” for the company’s discrimination in Boston.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, some Republicans have “doubled down” on eating Chick-fil-A, as reported by Politico, saying they support the business and its right to free speech on the issue of marriage.

Back on the Boy Scouts issue, Eagle Scout Kelsey Timmerman wrote in a Huffington Post blog that he would send back his Eagle Scout badge because of the organization’s anti-gay policy. Like Chick-fil-A, this issue has brought out both supporters and detractors.

The core argument at the center of these issues has often centered around free speech and discrimination. Taking another look at it again, we’d like to hear your feelings on whether you are bothered by a decision on a civil issue like this from two private entities.

Do you care about an organization's or business' public stance on civil issues such as gay rights? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Marissa Lehmacher July 27, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Jay and Molly, you expressed exactly what I was thinking very well!
Bonnie D. July 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I cannot improve on what Jay and Molly have said. I am ashamed of the Boy Scout's stance. One does not need to be gay to find this totally disgraceful. They've missed Graham Nash's words: "Teach your children well...." Unfortunately, I will not support them in any way. There are other organizations and activities that my grandson can participate in that teach respect for everyone.
Jimbo July 27, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I went with I'm not sure because I'm not a yes or a no. I will not eat at Chik-fil-A. I see buying a product as support. The Boy Scouts in my opinion are different. I still have a son in Scouts and am a Scout Leader. I did not have my 2 sons in Scouting to teach them tolerance of homosexuality, to do that I just brought them over to their Aunt Cathy and Aunt Pat's house. I had and have my sons in Scouts for the other things Scouts teach: camping, self reliance, discipline, etc. So I am using Scouts to help my sons learn a set of skills and I am teaching them that family (including their homosexual aunt) is the most important thing on my own. As far as changing the Boy Scouts mindset remember the Scouting is run by a group of middle-aged men in Texas. You know Texas home of George W. we need a constitutional amendment to protect marriage Bush.
Sarah M Johnson MD July 28, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I am strongly supportive of the comments made by Jay and Molly. To Jimbo: I appreciate your private actions to teach your sons tolerance and encourage their affection for their lesbian aunts, and I understand your wish to take advantage of the skills training offered by the BSA. BUT, you, as a BSA leader, are actively participating in a program which teaches bigotry. I don't think that a boy's pain at being rejected for who he is will be ameliorated by telling him that it doesn't matter since the BSA is run by a small group in Texas! Is that supposed to make it okay? And we're all supposed to support the BSA because their skills teaching is good? It reminds me of the old defenses of Mussolini because he made the trains run on time.
Darrell Farmer February 01, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Rom 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Rom 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, Rom 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Rom 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Rom 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. Rom 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: Rom 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

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