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Boy Scouts Anti Gay Sanction (Audio)

By Charlotte Robinson, May 23, 2013

Even though a recent Washington Post-ABC News national poll found that 63 percent of respondents favored letting openly gay youth be Scouts & 56 percent favored lifting the ban on gay adults the battle continues. The Boy Scouts of America remain in a two-day meeting of 1,400 local leaders to consider changing its long-standing anti gay ban policy. The final vote is scheduled for Thursday in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Grapevine. Last month we reported that the BSA was close to allowing openly gay scouts but still not allow openly gay adults as scout leaders. This means that if a 16-year-old openly gay Scout earned his Eagle badge, 3 years later if he applied for a position as a volunteer assistant scoutmaster he would be rejected because of his sexual orientation. Zach Wahls, founder of Scouts for Equality & the son of a lesbian couple stated, “Scouts for Equality will continue its efforts until discrimination is no longer a word associated with the BSA. Today across the country our members are united by one common goal — to make the BSA organization the strongest it can be.” Jennifer Tyrrell the Ohio mom ousted by the Boy Scouts of America in 2012 stated, "This isn't just about Boy Scouts this is about equality in all aspects of life. Boy Scouts of America needs to realize that they're sending a dangerous message to children by telling them that they're not good enough. I am making sure no parent ever has to look their child in the eye & say we're not good enough. You have no idea how much that hurts because Alicia & I are good enough & these kids, that we're raising, are amazing. Ask anyone." I spoke to Jennifer Tyrrell about this at the GLAAD Awards in NYC in this exclusive audio byte:

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