A day after the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed its policy of excluding openly gay scouts and leaders, Jennifer Tyrrell delivered more than 300,000 petition signatures calling on the organization to end its ban.
The organization said it was upholding the policy after conducting a confidential two-year review.
Deron Smith, the Scouts' national spokesman, told the AP that an 11-member committee concluded that the gay ban is “absolutely the best policy” for the organization.
Tyrrell launched a Change.org petition in April to bring awareness of the policy after she was ousted as den leader of her son's Boy Scout troop because she is a lesbian.
She delivered the petition to the Boy Scouts' national headquarters in Dallas.
“This movement doesn't stop because 11 anonymous men behind closed doors made a decision to keep discrimination in place,” Tyrrell said. “This petition may have started out for me and my son, but it's grown into something much bigger. Something much more important. Today, when you read through the comments on my petition, you can read the stories of literally thousands of scouts, scout leaders and former scouts who are hoping the Boy Scouts of America will take this moment and end this policy of discrimination against gay Americans.”
Also on Wednesday, gay rights activist Zach Wahls announced a Change.org petition calling on the Boy Scouts to allow its executive board to vote on a previously introduced resolution which would give individual charter organizations the right to decide for themselves whether to accept openly gay members and leaders.
“One of the core values of scouting is trustworthiness. The three million members of the Boy Scouts deserve to see formal documentation describing who the members of this subcommittee are, how they reached their conclusion, what exactly that conclusion is, when it was reached and to whom these people are responsible,” Wahls said. “Until that happens, color me highly skeptical about anything that this committee has or has not decided.”
Source: On Top Magazine