Video: Momentum builds as more Americans demand change from Boy Scouts
Discrimination "is absolutely the best policy."
Or so said the Boy Scouts of America in a statement this week, announcing that the group would maintain its ban on gay scouts and LGBT scout leaders.
But while Scout officials continue to turn their back on over 300,000 Americans calling on the group to put an end to its disciminatory policies, pressure continues to mount.
GLAAD was with Ohio mom Jennifer Tyrrell in Dallas on Wednesday as she delivered more than a quarter million Change.org petition signatures to the Scouts' headquarters, urging them to finally put an end to the Boy Scouts' long history of discrimination.
While there, GLAAD helped Jennifer -- who, in April, was ousted as leader of her son's Cub Scouts pack simply because she's gay -- share her story in such national news outlets as CNN, HLN, MSNBC and Reuters among dozens of others.
"We love the Scouts," Jennifer told Yahoo! News. "We love everything the Scouts stand for. We just don't love this policy. So let's stop teaching our kids to discriminate."
Others have joined Tyrrell in speaking out against the Scouting ban.
Scouts for Equality founder and Eagle Scout Zach Wahls joined MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on The Last Word on Wednesday night to raise important questions about the Boy Scout's reported "11-member special committee," which they claim "unanimously" decided to keep the ban on gay scouts intact. In the interview, O'Donnell also points to a 1994 video in which likely Republican Presidential candidate nominee Mitt Romney states his support for full inclusion in the Boy Scouts. "I feel that all people should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation,” says Romney. (GLAAD brought the video to light earlier this year.)
“One of the core values of scouting is trustworthiness," Zach said in a statement on Wednesday. "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. Until that happens, color me highly skeptical about anything that this committee has or has not decided.”
TV icon and former Boy Scout George Takei also cast doubt on the "secret committee," calling the Scouts' explanation "hogwash."
GLAAD was instrumental to bringing Jennifer's story to living rooms across the nation, working with her from day one to cast light on the Boy Scouts' discriminatory policies. And just as Jennifer told Boy Scout officials on Wednesday, "We're not going anywhere."