Mitt Romney once agreed with former Cub Scouts den leader Jennifer Tyrrell, who wants the Boys Scouts of American (BSA) to accept openly gay leaders and scouts.
The 32-year-old Ohio mother has launched a Change.org campaign to bring awareness to the policy after she was removed from her volunteer position because she failed to meet the group's “high standards of conduct” in relation to her being in a 5 year relationship with another woman.
In a statement released Wednesday, the Boy Scouts of America reiterated its opposition to gay leaders and scouts.
“Scouting, and the majority of parents it serves, does not believe it is the right forum for children to become aware of the issue of sexual orientation, or engage in discussions about being gay,” the group said. “Rather, such complex matters should be discussed with parents, caregivers, or spiritual advisers, at the appropriate time and in the right setting.”
In a clip released Thursday by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), then-Senate candidate Romney, who served on the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts for a decade, states that gay people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts.
“I believe that the Boy Scouts of America does a wonderful service for this country,” Romney said. “I support the right of the Boy Scouts of America to decide what it wants to do on that issue. I feel that all people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)
Source: On Top Magazine