LOS ANGELES -- Today, Change.org and GLAAD launched a Mother’s Day campaign in support of Jennifer Tyrrell, a mother of four from Bridgeport, Ohio who was ousted from the Boy Scouts of America because she is gay. The BSA currently bans LGBT scouts and scout leaders.
Over 275,000 Americans have joined Tyrrell’s Change.org petition calling on the BSA reinstate her as a scout leader and end its ban. GLAAD is asking supporters and allies to tweet using hashtag #scoutsforall and take action Julianne Moore tweeted this morning:
Dear @boyscouts, on Mother's Day I support Jennifer & ALL moms, gay & straight! #scoutsforall http://change.org/scouts.
Celebrities including Moore, Fran Drescher and Jane Leeves today tweeted after Josh Hutcherson, Kim Wayans, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, as well as Max Adler and Grant Gustin of Glee previously showed support for Tyrrell at the GLAAD Media Awards.
California lawmakers on Tuesday voted on a measure pushing the BSA to adopt more LGBT-friendly policies, The L.A. Times reported on Tuesday.
After voting down 3-7 a measure that would have honored the Scouts on the group’s 102nd anniversary, the CA Assembly Judiciary Committee passed a resolution that honors the organization while urging the Scouts "to accept for membership and leadership positions all qualified boys and men, without discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or religious belief."
After being told on April 12 that she could no longer serve as her son’s scout leader, Tyrell has inspired national support for the BSA to end the ban.
David J. Sims resignedas a member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio River Valley Council of BSA following the decision, saying that it went against his “fundamental beliefs of how we should treat our fellow human beings and is, in my opinion, wholly discriminatory.”
A video of Jen sharing her story at the GLAAD Media Awards is available HERE.
"With so many Americans spanning race, political and faith traditions speaking out against the discriminatory policy, how can the Boy Scouts of America continue to ignore our requests to meet and discuss this policy?” said Tyrrell. “By keeping this policy, the Boy Scouts of America are hurting young children and teaching them that discrimination is okay.”
Among those opposed to the ban on LGBT scouts is Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who said in a 1994 video:
“I believe that the Boy Scouts of America does a wonderful service for this country. 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.”
Video of Romney’s remarks is available is available HERE.
Among service organizations, the Boy Scouts are increasingly isolating themselves with their prohibition on gay youth and leaders.
Organizations including the Girl Scouts of America, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as well as the 4H Club all welcome gay kids as well as adult leaders. And just this month, the president of the James Beard Foundation announced that she would rescind her acceptance of the Boy Scouts’ Distinguished Citizen Award, noting the Scouts’ policy prohibiting gay people from service and leadership.
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