Friday, April 20, 2012

Boy Scouts expels den volunteer mother because she is a lesbian; petition circulated

The Boys Scouts of America is back in the news.

A lesbian (Jennifer Tyrrell) with partner and a son in Cub Scouts was removed from a "volunteer" position about a year after joining because she was gay.  Her story and petition (emailed to me) are here.

The incident occurred in Bridgeport, Ohio.

In 2000, the Supreme Court, using largely "libertarian" arguments about private organizations, upheld the BSA's right to exclude gays in the James Dale case, which involved actual scouts as members, instead of scoutmasters and volunteers.

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