Scout Families Deliver Petition on No-Gay Policy
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A group of gay Boy Scouts, leaders and their families say they have 1.4 million signatures on a petition to the organization to end its ban on gay members. The Boy Scouts may consider reversing its policy during a leadership meeting. (Feb. 4)

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DURATION: 1:07SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYIrving, Texas - February 4, 20131. Various of Boy Scouts and former Scout leaders carrying boxes of signatures on a petition to allow gay men and boys into the Boy Scouts2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jennifer Tyrrell, Mother and former Boy Scout leader:"I don't want one parent to have to tell their son they can't be a part of Scouts because they're not good enough because the society says their parents aren't good enough. I will not let that happen."4. Former Scout leader walking with box of signatures5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Greg Bourke, Father and former Boy Scout leader:"In the name of fairness, in the name of equality and in the name of all that is good in scouting, I ask the executive board to please end this harmful policy of discrimination."7. Various exteriors of Boy Scouts headquarters, statue8. SOUNDBITE: ( English) Will Oliver, Eagle Scout, gay man:"I was taught that there were three kinds of duties. First, duties to God and country, and second, duties to other people. I was taught about a third kind of duty as well. The duties that I owe just to myself, to speak the truth, not to shirk my sense of right and wrong, not to stand by passively in the face of injustice. All this is just to say that the BSA's current membership policy is fundamentally at odds with its own mission, and that I am here today as a product of scouting."STORYLINE:Scouts and their families have delivered a petition to the Boy Scouts of America headquarters urging an end to a policy banning gay scouts and leaders from the organization.They say the petition delivered Monday in Irving, Texas, includes 1.4 million signatures. Scouting leaders are expected to consider ending the ban during a three-day meeting this week.Jennifer Tyrrell was among the dozen people who delivered the petition.Tyrrell says she was forced out as leader of her son's Cub Scout pack because she's gay, and she doesn't want to see any other parents treated in the same way."I don't want one parent to have to tell their son they can't be a part of Scouts because they're not good enough because the society says their parents aren't good enough. I will not let that happen," said Tyrrell. She says the policy is archaic and needs to change.The families were waiting for a representative of Boy Scouts of America to come and accept their petition.Greg Bourke, a gay father and former Scout leader, said he wants to know why the Boy Scouts executive board is afraid of him and urged it to reverse its position. An openly gay Eagle Scout named Will Oliver also helped deliver the petitions. He says he is a product of scouting, which taught him three kinds of duties - to God and country, to others and to himself."All this is just to say that the BSA's current membership policy is fundamentally at odds with its own mission," said Oliver.(****END****)