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

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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 Change.org:

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.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Zach Walls is brilliant. I can't think of a better example of how gay parents can raise kids the right way.

    Posted by: DanSwon | May 30, 2012 2:21:54 PM


  2. *Wahls* I mean.

    Posted by: DanSwon | May 30, 2012 2:22:17 PM


  3. This guy needs to run for office. When I listen and watch him I am in awe of his poise and intellect. I can only hope my own son grows up to be half the man Zach has become.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | May 30, 2012 2:22:40 PM


  4. This guy is such a hero.

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | May 30, 2012 2:43:50 PM


  5. Amazing individual. We should all be equally motivated.

    Posted by: Francis | May 30, 2012 2:51:14 PM


  6. It is not the bullies; not the homophobes;
    Zac Wahls is the face of the younger generation; I,for one, am grateful for his activism and his rational, calm, demeanor.

    His generation safeguards the bright future for all our young brothers.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 30, 2012 3:00:36 PM


  7. As long as the LDS Church has a majority interest in the affairs of the BSA, this will never happen unfortunately.

    Posted by: Chris T. | May 30, 2012 3:12:15 PM


  8. Still waiting for the Hollywood movie trilogy and the HBO miniseries!

    Posted by: Stuart | May 30, 2012 3:13:02 PM


  9. Hopefully a future politician (the good kind).

    Posted by: Stefan | May 30, 2012 3:23:14 PM


  10. @chris t is bang on. very few local or regional offices are on board with this, and those are usually the one that have replaced the supportive leaders who have dropped out. LDS utilized a fatal flaw in the governance of the BSA who never imagined a takeover and so never desisgned any safeguards. way back when mormons made the BSA their sole youth program for young men and required participation, the began to gain control. when they moved the head office from new jersey to texas, the takeover was complete. the roman catholic church and the evangelicals of course signed on as well.

    atheists were not barred and neither were gays. of course way back then, sexual orientation was never mentioned at all.

    the witch hunt started in the sixties when lax oversight procedures resulted in a stream of pedophile complaints that haven't really ended to this day, primarily because the BSA answer to the problem was to eliminate gays. that the overwhelming majority of the offenders were upright citizens, married with kids, and straight identified fell on deaf ears. some oversight procedures have improved, but not enough.

    Posted by: bandanajack | May 30, 2012 3:32:03 PM


  11. Everyone thinks this guy is so brilliant, the prototype for the off spring of two gay mothers. Why this constant cramming of gayness into everything? The Boy Scouts are a private organization. It's days like this you wish Mike Wallace was alive to rip the lid off this fraud. The harder you force gayness, the further you'll set it back.
    All the public relations available can't sell anal intercourse to the masses. And that's their subconscious.

    Posted by: Cliff | May 30, 2012 3:54:50 PM


  12. @Cliff,

    I hesitate to speak to what's in your mind, but I will address some flaws in your comments. First, Zach Wahls is the son of a lesbian couple, and the petition is in response to the banning of a lesbian den mother. None of this has anything to do with selling anything you mention to the masses.

    Posted by: Tarquin | May 30, 2012 4:01:23 PM


  13. Cliff, why the need to change your name to "Cliff" from Jason?

    this isn't cramming gayness into anything. it's removing the bigotry that's already been crammed in.
    i can see that your sucking up to your conservative anti-gay community has messed you up royally.

    if more people like zach walls and his mothers has been around decades ago you wouldn't be the self-hating coward you are today.

    you dont' force gayness, you force, demand, and command respect and dignity and fairness. none of which are attainable by being a wimpy lapdog. haven't you learned yet that your way doesnt' work? you've sucked the teat of the bigots for years and still aren't strong enough to stand up for yourself. and last time i checked lesbians weren't the ones who engaged in anal intercourse.....

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 30, 2012 4:03:02 PM


  14. So how do we force gayness again?

    I thought the brochure we were giving out for recruitment talked about all the great benefits. Is this something the lesbians decided because we are totally going to get in synch if forcing gayness is taking place of our recruitment drive.

    Posted by: Michae | May 30, 2012 5:43:20 PM


  15. So how do we force gayness again?

    I thought the brochure we were giving out for recruitment talked about all the great benefits. Is this something the lesbians decided because we are totally going to get in synch if forcing gayness is taking place of our recruitment drive.

    Posted by: Michae | May 30, 2012 5:43:21 PM


  16. So how do we force gayness again?

    I thought the brochure we were giving out for recruitment talked about all the great benefits. Is this something the lesbians decided because we are totally going to get in synch if forcing gayness is taking place of our recruitment drive.

    Posted by: Michae | May 30, 2012 5:43:21 PM


  17. Do I get any bonus points for a triple post???

    Posted by: Michae | May 30, 2012 5:45:23 PM


  18. I love how you dorks flip into the you must be "self-hating" mode. I've read so many self defense cliches. I wouldn't care that my "son" couldn't be in the Boyscouts. They are a private organization. Why bother? I'm not sucking up to anyone. I see you're quite active on the sites Littlekiwi. I'm far more qualified to express honest opinions than you by age and experience. I haven't been marinated in your mindset and lingo. I don't throw around the word bigot. I don't know what lesbians do. You're from the "if it doesn't fit force it" school, and I'm sure you got an A+ It's the sex that is killing us. Straights can't get beyond that. And I'm plenty strong enough because I fought for gay liberation, when replicating straights was not part of the fight. I'm sure the thousands who died of Aids would be very sorry to find after all the struggle helping each other, that the gay "Holy Grail" would become a word - marriage. Run with your "straight" imitation and call it "equality" for good measure. You're cowards. Afraid to live a free, independent, or coupled live like all gays in history survived and thrived.

    Posted by: Cliff | May 30, 2012 5:54:06 PM


  19. Thanks, Bandanajack and others who remember that Scouting wasn't always about controlling people's private lives. Sure, Baden-Powell at first felt that religion was important, but as he matured, he saw that people have many ways of being spiritual or even not so spiritual, and he would not have agreed with today's BSA rules.
    Likewise, at least one of our Founders had an historically documented preference for boys vs. girls (I always forget which one so I can't name names). Virtue isn't about whom you date; it's about how you conduct yourself. And Scouting is meant to be more about wilderness lore, teamwork, camaraderie, etc.
    "We be of one blood, ye and I," as Mowgli learned in many tongues. Not "We be of one God" or "We be of one sexual preference."
    Our Council often pressures us to recruit more Scouts, but honestly, I'm embarrassed to. Until the BSA drops their foolish Puritanical legacy, I will never recommend it. We're in because of family tradition; if others join we will help them, but I would never recommend it.
    4-H is the way to go around here. None of that Moral Majority crap there.

    Posted by: Lizzie | May 30, 2012 8:06:37 PM


  20. I love how my comments are ignored or distilled like they never existed. This is now...

    CNN.com - Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment ...

    Source: Gay porn actor suspected of dismembering, mailing body ...‎‏ - ‎‏6 minutes ago

    Now which story will get more coverage? The gay freako I would imagine. Unfortunately, this is our public relations.

    Posted by: Cliff | May 30, 2012 9:46:11 PM


  21. CLIFF - you're pretty angry, so go for KIWI's jugular because that's what he does. A lot of us are really sick of him, a lot of us aren't, it takes time.

    As for Mr. Wahls, he's the one who should be confronting Brian Brown. He has the prescence and the calm to do it right. Dan will pose and provoke needlessly. The difference between the two is like classy and cheezy.

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 31, 2012 12:00:51 AM


  22. Andy Towle,
    SIR, THE TITLE OF YOUR ARTICLE IS DISTURBING. IF SOMEONE EVEN WHISPERS THE WORD, "pedophile," MANY MALE HOMOSEXUALS "SCATTER" LIKE COCKROACHES. "...PETITIONS TO BOY SCOUTS DEMANDING END TO ANTI-GAY DISCRIMINATION" - Mr. Towle, SIR, F-E-A-R OF "pedophilic" SCOUT LEADERS IS THE FOUNDATION FOR THE DISCRIMINATION. AS LONG AS THE MAJORITY OF HETEROSEXUALS BELIEVE ADOLESCENT HOMOSEXUALS ARE "RECRUITED" INTO A "LIFESTYLE," ORGANIZATIONS LIKE, Boy Scouts, WILL BE LEERY OF ALL PERSONNEL WHO DISPLAY "SNEAKY" AND "SCARY" TENDENCIES. I GUARANTEE, SIR, SOMEONE IN THAT ORGANIZATION THOUGHT Jennifer Tyrrell WAS EMITTING A "SCARY" BUZZ IN THE PRESENCE OF THOSE CHILDREN. PEOPLE "FREAK-OUT" WHEN IT COMES TO, "socio-sexual deviates" - THAT IS WHY SO-CALLED, "pedophiles," ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LIVE NEAR SCHOOLS.
    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | May 31, 2012 12:30:36 AM


  23. "Scouting for All" still exists. It was founded back in 1998 by a 12-year-old eagle scout named Steven Cozza and his father. Scouting for All strives to get the Boy Scouts of America to remove barriers to the participation of gays and nontheists in scouting.

    The organization has a website:
    scoutingforall.org

    Posted by: Glenn I | May 31, 2012 12:50:52 AM


  24. "TARQUIN" (30 MAY; 4:01:23 PM),
    IT IS JUST LIKE A "gay" TO "SPLIT HAIRS" IN HIS ARGUMENT. YOUR RESPONSE TO, "Cliff," WAS LAME. "Cliff's" POINT, "All the public relations available can't sell anal intercourse to the masses.", WAS "ON THE MONEY." YOUR CRITIQUE OF "Cliff" FOR NOT USING THE PROPER "lesbian" CONTEXT, MADE YOU LOOK SILLY. I SUPPORT "Cliff's" COMMENTS.
    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | May 31, 2012 1:12:04 AM


  25. Christopher: Your wriTING STYLE is "very" annoying and HARD TO "read". If you "want" everyone "to" TAKE YOU sEriOuSly, CONSIDER "WRITING" UsIng standard "CONVENTIONS". You're not "e e cummings".

    Everyone Else: I apologize for letting the grammar nazi out. I'm off to go flog myself.

    Posted by: GeoffreyPS | May 31, 2012 2:36:35 AM


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