A new petition campaign on Change.org with more than 2,000 signatures is urging the Boy Scouts' Kentucky-based Lincoln Heritage Council to reject the national organization's discriminatory ban on gay scouts and leaders, and to reinstate a local gay Boy Scouts leader.
Jennifer Tyrrell and Alicia Burns are just one example of millions of real life families in the U.S. who demonstrate that same-sex parents are raising their families with the same love and compassion as straight parents.
This week, former Camp Winton Program Director Alex Hayes and 22-year-old gay Eagle Scout Tim Griffin delivered more than 70,000 signatures to the Golden Empire Boy Scouts Council urging the council to reinstate Griffin and reject the Boy Scouts' policy banning gay scouts and leaders.
Jennifer Tyrrell, the former den mother leading the efforts to end the Boy Scout’s discriminatory policies, will serve as Grand Marshall at the second annual Toledo Pride Parade and will speak at a commitment ceremony on the same day, hosted by Toledo Pride and Support Marriage Equality in Ohio.
As pressure grows for the Boy Scouts to end their ban on gay scouts and leaders, a spokesperson for President Obama announced that the President opposes the Boy Scouts of America's policy of discrimination, joining Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
GLAAD was first to release video footage from 1994 of Presidential candidate Mitt Romney saying: "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 able to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation." According to an Associated Press article that ran today, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul confirmed that “this remains Romney’s position today.”
GLAAD President Herndon Graddick joined Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin last week and wrote an op-ed for the Dallas Morning News criticizing the Boy Scouts of America for maintaining its ban on gay scouts and LGBT leaders.