Zach Wahls Delivers 275,000 Petitions to Boy Scouts Demanding End to Anti-Gay Discrimination


Zach Wahls, outspoken advocate for gay families and Eagle Scout, delivered 275,000 petitions today to the National Annual Meeting of the Boy Scouts of America demanding the organization reinstate lesbian den mother Jennifer Tyrrell and put an end to its discrimination against LGBT people, according to a release from

After delivering the signatures, Wahls met briefly with Deron Smith, Public Relation Director with the Boy Scouts of America’s national office.

“While today's meeting was productive and thoughtful, the delivery of these petitions marks the beginning of this journey, not the end,” said Wahls. “I thought our dialogue today was an honest one, and I'm looking forward to continuing the conversation in the months ahead. We leave today one step closer to religious and personal freedom than when we arrived, and it's hard to be anything but thrilled about that."

Said Tyrrell, who will appear with Wahls at the GLAAD Awards in San Francisco this weekend:

“I am so grateful for the support I’ve received from Zach and from the thousands of scouts, scout leaders and former scouts who have signed my petition. If you look at the petition comments, and read through the thousands of entries left by current scouts and scout leaders, it’s clear that the energy within the Boy Scouts of America’s membership is there to change this policy. All it takes now is leadership.”

Wahls has also recently been lobbying Congress on behalf of gay families.

This week, Wahls also spoke to Reason TV about his new book My Two Moms and the future of same-sex marriage.

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