1.4 million Americans signed several petitions to get the BSA to remove its ban on gay members.
Both straight and gay scouts hand-delivered the petitions to BSA’s headquarters in Dallas, Texas.
Among them were:
Jennifer Tyrrell, a gay mom removed as the den leader of her 8-year-old son’s Cub Scout pack.
Eric Andresen, the father of an 18-year-old Boy Scout who was barred from receiving his Eagle Award because of his sexual orientation.
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Will Oliver, a gay Eagle Scout and student at Northwestern University.
Will also launched a petition calling on the National Geographic Channel, a strategic partner of the Boy Scouts of America, to condemn the organization’s anti-gay policy. Seth Adam/__username__
Greg Bourke, a gay dad who was forced to resign his position of Assistant Scoutmaster.
Brad Hankins, Campaign Director for Scouts for Equality.
They gathered outside of the BSA’s headquarters.
From left: Will’s brother James, Will Oliver, Eric Andresen, Brad Hankins of Scouts for Equality, Jennifer Tyrrell, Greg Bourke, Greg’s son Isaiah. Seth Adam/__username__
And waited over 90 minutes to drop off the signatures.
After initially being denied entrance into the building, the BSA eventually let Jennifer inside.
She was able to drop off the petitions and let the BSA know that Americans are fed up with discrimination.
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