An Ohio woman who was forced to resign as the leader of her son’s Cub Scout pack because of her sexual orientation has been crisscrossing the country campaigning for the Boy Scouts of America to change its policy barring gay volunteers, says the Los Angeles Times.
Jennifer Tyrrell has made appearances in New York and Los Angeles to press her case, and as of Thursday gay-rights groups had garnered nearly 186,000 signatures on an online petition calling for the national Scouts to reinstate her to her Bridgeport, Ohio, troop post.
Ms. Tyrrell said she was open about her sexuality with other parents when she was drafted in September to lead her 7-year-old son’s pack and that a Bridgeport scouting official said it would not be an issue “at the local level.” She claims she was ousted for raising questions about the local troop’s finances.
Boy Scouts spokesman Deron Smith said her removal from the troop post “was solely for being in violation of national policy and unrelated to any other issue. This policy was understood by her and her fellow volunteers, but not followed, upon her registering in the program.”