Boy Scouts of America announced they have no plans to abolish a policy that prohibits LGBT people from holding leadership positions, even after being presented with a petition to reconsider the policy.
More than 275,000 people signed a Change.org petition urging the Boy Scouts to allow LGBT people to be leaders in the organization. This comes mainly after Jennifer Tyrrell, a lesbian mom in Ohio, was removed from her position as den leader because of her sexual orientation.
Apparently similar requests to the Boy Scouts have been handled in the same way - the petition was accepted as a courtesy, but the organization did not change its views. Activist and Eagle Scout Zach Wahls was one of the people presenting the petition.
Wahls said he presented the petition to the Boy Scouts “because I love the organization and I refuse to stand by idly as it forfeits its cultural relevancy at the very moment this country needs it most,” according to a statement by Change.org.
I’m really saddened that such an influential organization can’t open its mind just a little bit, but I don’t believe this battle will end here. Change will come.