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Gay Scouts, Allies Deliver 1.4 Million Signatures to Boy Scouts Headquarters Calling for End to Gay Ban: VIDEO


A group of gay scouts and allies delivered 1.4 million petitions to Boy Scout headquarters in Dallas today calling for an end to the gay ban, GLAAD reports:

Four Scout leaders whose petitions on sparked a national movement to end the Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policy, delivered more than 1.4 million signatures from their combined petitions to the Boy Scouts headquarters today, the same day that the Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts start a three-day meeting at which they’ll discuss a proposal to allow local Scout Councils to welcome gay Scouts and leaders. They were joined by Brad Hankins, Campaign Director for Scouts for Equality, as well as representatives from GLAAD and

Jennifer Tyrrell, a gay mom removed as the den leader of her 8-year-old son’s Cub Scout pack; Greg Bourke, a gay dad who was forced to resign his position of Assistant Scoutmaster; Eric Andresen, the father of an 18-year-old Boy Scout who was barred from receiving his Eagle Award because of his sexual orientation; and Will Oliver, a gay Eagle Scout and student at Northwestern University, all traveled to Dallas to deliver their petitions and urge the Boy Scouts of America to end their national ban on gay Scouts and gay Scout leaders.

Watch their press conference (it was windy) shot by the Dallas Voice, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. oh pleeeease, ''gay ban'' in the scouts? there have been gay scouts ever since the boy scouts began, it just wasn't talked about, ban gay scouts and I doubt the organization will survive.I was in the scouts and I AM GAY.

    Posted by: Dolph | Feb 4, 2013 9:03:28 PM

  2. Hurray for these guys! And the signatories! We need to show the BSA that we are serious.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 4, 2013 9:09:57 PM

  3. Dont kill me, but ... who cares if we cant enter the freaking "boy scouts" !?, can't another association being made ?, it's liek a death, life matter, and it's ridiculous to see so much ppl getting pational about this bs

    Posted by: MArk | Feb 4, 2013 9:33:11 PM

  4. Mark,
    it's a big organization, and it may never have been for you (or me), but the age range of the scouts spans a boys sexual awareness. So what happens to the kids who are in Scouts, love Scouts, and come to realize they are gay? A lot of emotional damage.

    Posted by: Dave | Feb 4, 2013 9:45:10 PM

  5. Mark, maybe you should work on your typing and grammar skills before getting upset about others working for equality. Everywhere.

    Posted by: Paul | Feb 5, 2013 3:15:45 AM

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