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Den Leader Ousted From Boy Scouts for Being Gay

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 11:44am

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 11:46am

An Ohio mom who says she was ousted as a Cub Scout den leader by the Boy Scouts of America because she is gay is fighting for reinstatement.

"I've gotten e-mails and thousands and thousands and thousands of scout leaders, former scout leaders, Eagle Scouts and former Eagle Scouts across the board, across the country and even the world have said this is insane. It needs to change," said Tyrrell.

She plans to present her petition to the BSA later today in Dallas.

On Tuesday the organization reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays after a confidential two-year review of the policy.

The Scouts cited support from parents as a key reason for keeping the policy and expressed hope that the prolonged debate over it might now subside.

The BSA has agreed to meet with Tyrrell, but is still refusing to change the policy as of now.

Tyrrell said she is not letting it deter her.

"I think we've made a lot of progress so far," she said. "We're going to keep doing it, so regardless if it changes today, tomorrow, a year from now, we're going to keep on keeping on."

Tyrrell was told she could no longer serve as den leader because of her sexual orientation, according to a report from Change.org, where Tyrrell filed her petition.

"I cried for days. I was devastated," she said. "If you're a parent and you can imagine getting a phone call and someone saying to you, 'You are no longer allowed to participate in your child's life.' It was the worst thing you could ever hear."

On her petition page, Tyrrell noted that she was removed from her post after she reported inconsistencies in the pack's finances after she was elected treasurer.

"All I'm asking for is the opportunity to resume my post as den leader of my son's Cub Scout Pack, a post that was taken from me as a result of a discriminatory policy that's unpopular with Boy Scouts and leaders across the country," Tyrrell said on Change.org. "I'm looking forward to engaging the Boy Scouts of America directly so I can share not only my story, but the stories of the more than 300,000 people who have signed my Change.org petition."

Tyrrell plans to deliver her petition Wednesday at 10 a.m. along with supporters, her family and her son Cruz.  

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