News

Boy Scouts Stand Firm on Gay Ban, Spokesman Tells Ousted Pack Leader Jennifer Tyrrell

Boy Scouts of America has made it abundantly clear: While they have no problem with gay people per se, they do have a problem with gays being associated with the organization. That's why Irving-based BSA ousted Ohio mom Jennifer Tyrrell as leader of her son's Cub Scout Pack.

A couple of months back, the BSA quashed scurrilous rumors that it was so much as considering changing its gay ban, and, in case it wasn't clear the first thousand times, it reminded us again on Tuesday.

Nevertheless, Tyrrell followed through on her plan to show up at BSA's Walnut Hill headquarters this morning to hand-deliver a petition to the organization's leadership.

Talking with the media after a 12-minute meeting with BSA spokesman Deron Smith, Tyrrell said the meeting was respectful but "no promises were made," the Morning News reports. In short, BSA did what we expected them to do: They told Tyrrell she can't serve as her son's pack leader and that their policy's not changing.

KEEP THE DALLAS OBSERVER FREE... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Eric Nicholson
Contact: Eric Nicholson