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Gay Mom Asks to be Reinstated as Boy Scout Den Leader
Originally printed 7/19/2012 (Issue 2029 - Between The Lines News)
DALLAS, TX -
Jennifer Tyrrell, a gay mom who was removed as a den leader by the Boy Scouts of America, delivered 300,000 petition signatures to the Boy Scouts of America's national headquarters July 18, calling on the Scouts to reinstate her and end their policy prohibiting gay scouts and scout leaders. Tyrrell will be joined by her family, including 7-year-old Cub Scout son Cruz.
Tyrrell's campaign recently convinced another Boy Scout board member, Ernst & Young Chairman and CEO James Turley, to publicly oppose the organization's ban on gay scouts and leaders. Turley announced last month that he intends to "work from within the Boy Scouts of America Board to actively encourage dialogue and sustainable progress" on ending the ban on gay scouts and gay scout leaders. "All I'm asking for is the opportunity to resume my post as den leader of my son's Cub Scout Pack, a post that was taken from me as a result of a discriminatory policy that's unpopular with Boy Scouts and leaders across the country," said Tyrrell. Live signature totals from Jennifer Tyrrell's campaigns: http://www.change.org/scouts and http://www.change.org/att.
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