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Zach Wahls Delivers Petition To Boy Scouts Conference Today

Zach Wahls, the viral-video star turned activist and author, is heading over to the Boy Scouts of America conference in Orlando today to deliver a Change.org petition for the organization to end its ban on gay members and leaders. More than 280,000 people have signed the request.

Wahls, an Eagle Scout, came to the forefront of the gay-equality fight when he spoke before  the Iowa House of Representatives last year about his two moms and the need for civil unions.  The petition was started by lesbian mom Jennifer Tyrrell (right, with Wahls) after she was ousted as a BSA troop leader in April.

“I think it’s a lot closer than people might expect,” Wahls said. “It’s very clear that there’s a lot of support even within the Boy Scouts of America … What we’re trying to do is make sure we give them some real credence so they know that they have external support, that there are a lot people that have their back when it comes to actually changing this policy from a national perspective.

Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock told the Associated Press last week that the BSA has “no plans to revisit the Scouts’ policy of not allowing gays.”

Boy Scouts spokesman Deron Smith released the following statement:

“Scouting values the freedom of everyone to express their opinion and teaches its members to treat everyone with courtesy and respect at all times. The BSA sets polices that are best for its organization and membership. The BSA welcomes all who share its beliefs but does not criticize or condemn those who wish to follow a different path.”

Is there a merit badge for blowing smoke up our asses?

Photo: GLAAD


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    • Alan Brickman

      They should teach tolerance as a badge too!

      May 30, 2012 at 11:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alan Brickman

      Of course Zach will enter politics…

      May 30, 2012 at 11:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike

      @Alan Brickman: Or better yet, a Diversity Merit Badge.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Drew

      Zach Wahls is a media whore and an idiot. We don’t need hets like him to fight for LGBT rights and our equality. He also sold out his lesbian moms and is now self promoting his lame book.

      May 31, 2012 at 3:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • freddie

      @Drew: Such anger and bitterness. What have you done for the cause besides bitching about this young hero from behind your computer?

      Also Queerty, Zach was defending marriage equality, NOT civil unions, in Iowa

      Jun 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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