Jennifer Tyrrell loved spending time with her 7-year-old son at Boy Scouts of America meetings and outings but that quality time between mom and son drew to an end recently when the organization booted Jennifer, not because she is a female participating in all all boys club, but rather because the organization doesn’t allow open or avowed gay people into their ranks.
Terrell learned of her removal on April 10 and recently told MSNBC:
“We were like a family, so in essence … we lost our scouting family, but they also lost two members of their scouting family,”
“The best time in our lives we’ve had in the last year, it’s gone … because we can’t be scouts any more. I can’t stop crying.”
Here’s the kicker, the 32-year-old mother of four was asked by the local chapter to become a Den mother after a Cubmaster for the local chapter said they could care less if she was homosexual.
In the meantime national spokesman Deron Smith stands behind the organizations decision, telling the Associated Press:
“This policy was understood by her and her fellow volunteers, but not followed, upon her registering in the program.”
Since being removed from the organization Jennifer Tyrrell and her friends have started a campaign against the Boy Scouts, a campaign that has received more than 170,000 signatures.
In the meantime, the organization will likely stand by its homophobic ways, in 2000 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Boys Scouts of America after an Assistant Scoutmaster who was gay lost their position.
Tyrrell argues that her case is different because questions about her sexual orientation never came up, boys in the troop simply accepted that her son Cruz had two moms.
In the meantime the former den mother says she will continue to push for change at the organizations national level.