U.S. Senators to Boy Scouts: "adopt inclusive membership and leadership policies"

Sens. Sherrod Brown and Jeff Merkley, both of whom are Eagle Scouts, sent a letter to the Boy Scouts of America urging the organization to "to adopt inclusive membership and leadership policies that will allow for all Americans to participate in the Boy Scouts." In a letter provided to BuzzFeed, the Democratic senators told Wayne Brock, the chief scout executive, "We urge you to pursue a path which recognizes that all Americans should be welcomed into the Scouting family, regardless of sexual orientation."

Ousted scout mom Jennifer Tyrrell met with staffers at Brown's office in December (pictured right), and Scouts for Equality President Zach Wahls met staff members of both senators in January. Tyrrell was among scouts and leaders who delivered 1.4 million Change.org signatures to the headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America with GLAAD on Monday urging the organization to end its anti-gay policy.

“Today, I’m helping deliver more than 1.4 million Change.org petition signatures to the Boy Scouts of America, urging the national board to end ban on gay youth and parents, and give me the opportunity to once again serve my son’s Cub Scout Pack,” said Tyrrell, who launched her Change.org petition in April 2012 with support from GLAAD. “I do not want one more mother or father to have to look their child in the eyes and tell them that their parents aren’t good enough - or are different. The Boy Scouts of America can do better than that.”

GLAAD has worked with Tyrrell and other scouts and leaders to end the ban on gay scouts and leaders. The BSA last week announced it is considering changing the policy.