Gay former Scout leader bringing petitions to Boy Scouts of America

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 11:02 PM

DALLAS - A former Cub Scout den leader arrived at Love Field Tuesday afternoon with 300,000 signatures aimed at persuading the Irving-based Boy Scouts of America to change its policies on gays.

In April, the organization ousted Jennifer Tyrrell as the leader of her seven-year-old son's Scout pack for being gay.

The petitions call on the scouts to reinstate her and end their policy prohibiting gay Scouts and Scout leaders. Tyrrell called it devastating.

"I hope to deliver the message that hundreds of thousands of people want this change," Tyrrell said. "It's not just me, it's Scouts, former Scouts, Scout leaders, Scout masters, council members -- everybody that you can imagine. They're ready for this change and they're tired of seeing people being discriminated against."

She said her son, Cruz, who she pulled out of scouting, was saddened by her ouster and misses his friends.

The Boy Scouts reaffirmed their policy Tuesday, saying they have no plans to change it.

"While a majority of our membership agrees with our policy, we fully understand that no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society," said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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