• Petitioned Local Boy Scout Councils

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The Boy Scouts of America will allow gay Scouts! Now it's time to include gay parents.

    1. Jennifer Tyrrell
    2. Petition by

      Jennifer Tyrrell

      Bridgeport, OH

May 23, 2013 was a monumental day for the Boy Scouts of America: the day they voted to end their discriminatory ban on openly gay youth. Now, for the first time in the Boy Scouts' hundred-year history, gay kids can be Scouts without having to hide who they are.

That's the good news, and it's pretty amazing. But the bad news is that gay parents like me are still banned from serving as Scout leaders.

In April of 2012, I was forced to resign as leader of my son's Cub Scout pack because I'm gay. I was devastated to be told that I wasn't good enough to be part of my own son's life. No parent should ever have to feel that way, and the Boy Scouts have no business telling kids that gay adults aren't to be trusted.

That's why I'm calling on local Boy Scout Councils all over America to reject this discriminatory ban and allow gay youth AND gay parents to serve openly.

Boy Scout Councils have a great deal of autonomy -- in fact, just moments after the Boy Scouts voted to end the ban on gay youth, the Connecticut Yankee Council said that it welcomes all youth and leaders regardless of their sexual orientation. I know that if enough people sign my petition, brave local councils will step forward to treat all parents equally, no matter our sexual orientation.

We've already seen what amazing things we can accomplish when we band together and raise our voices for inclusion, equality, and love. I pledged one year ago that I would keep on fighting until I was included. I'm certainly not going to give up now.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 50,000 signatures
    2. Boy Scouts of America votes to end century-old ban on gay scouts

      Mark Anthony Dingbaum
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/24/us-usa-boyscouts-ban-vote-idUSBRE94M1A320130524
      "Gay rights advocates gathered petitions with more than 1.8 million signatures in support of ending the ban while opponents collected about 250,000 signatures urging delegates to vote down the change.

      Intel Corp, one of the largest corporate sponsors of the Boy Scouts, said last September it would stop supporting troops that continue to ban gay scouts. Intel donated about $700,000 in 2009, according to the American Independent magazine.

      That announcement followed pressure from gay groups that launched a nationwide campaign on Change.org urging Intel to withdraw its support. United Parcel Service Inc, another major sponsor, followed suit in November, as did Merck & Co, according to the gay rights group GLAAD."

    3. LISTEN: Jennifer Tyrrell chats with Ben Wikler about the historic BSA vote

      Mark Anthony Dingbaum
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.flamingswordofjustice.com/episodes/50-scouts
      "This is the story of how an Ohio mom, a Iowa Eagle Scout, and a gay teenager in California sparked a nationwide movement that ended one of the most hotly-defended policies of discrimination in America. This is the story of how their voices inspired millions to join the cause—to sign petitions and make phone calls, to march and lobby and send in their merit badges in protest. How they fought, and fought, and refused to give up. "

    4. Reached 15,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Maddy Paterson BRANCHVILLE, NJ
      • 5 months ago

      i am supporter of gay rights, and this needs to stop now.

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    • jordan gewing LIVERMORE, CA
      • 5 months ago

      they. are. humans.

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    • David Koons ANNVILLE, PA
      • 5 months ago

      If this passes I will no longer have to miss out on supporting my friends' kids who were in Boy Scouts. I have boycotted the boy scout fundraisers for years because of their lack of inclusivity. I hear the popcorn is good, maybe I'll finally get to try it now.

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    • Devon Hunt LEAWOOD, KS
      • 6 months ago

      Cause I'm gay.

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    • Kara Shropshire SIMPSONVILLE, SC
      • 6 months ago

      I support equality for everyone, and, honestly? I don't see why someone else's sexual preference should count as a qualification to be a scout leader, or why it's any of their business.

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