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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009
    Upstate NY

    Boy Scouts oust lesbian den mother in Ohio, reigniting group's gay ban debate

    Lesbian Scout leader ousted in Ohio; parents upset (AP)
    The first-graders in Ohio Pack 109's Tiger Scouts didn't know or care their den mother was a lesbian - at least not until the Boy Scouts of America threw her out over the organization's ban on gays.

    Now, parents who were aware of Jennifer Tyrell's sexual orientation well before she took the boys on campouts and helped them carve race cars for the annual Pinewood Derby have rallied to her defense in a case that has re-ignited the debate over the Scouts' policy.

    "I teach my children to judge people on their actions," said Rob Dunn, a father in Bridgeport, a village of about 2,000 across the Ohio River from Wheeling, W.Va. "Whether you agree with their lifestyle or not."

    The Boy Scouts of America, whose oath calls for members to be "morally straight," maintains that as a private organization it has the right to exclude gays and atheists from its ranks.

    That stance was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000 but has led many state and local governments to deny support for the Scouts.
    much more at AP link above

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Atlanta GA
    Oh, for Pete's sake.

    Sounds like the person who complained might have been involved in some financial discrepancies and didn't want this woman around. Pure speculation, but it does seem odd to me.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Yeah, I've already signed the Change petition on this. Ridiculous.
    “Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

    In no way should any of my statements be construed as legal opinion or advice. While I am a lawyer, I am not a verified poster here at WS. The above statement(s) are an expression of my personal opinion, for entertainment purposes only, and copyright.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    How sad, both for her, and the children she whose lives she touched. Sounds like she was a good den mother.

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