By Dave Tombers
An Ohio woman who is living a lesbian lifestyle is coordinating an attack on the Boy Scouts of America over the organization’s long-standing policy of not allowing people in same-sex lifestyles to be leaders of young children.
David J. Sims, a Democrat on the Ohio County Commission and a board member of the Ohio River Valley Council of the BSA, soon followed her out the door, stating: “I understand that this action … is legal. However, Ms. Tyrrell’s removal goes against my fundamental beliefs of how we should treat our fellow human beings and is, in my opinion, wholly discriminatory.”
Now an online petition has been set up, and Tyrrell is campaigning against the Scout’s policy, stating in the Los Angeles Times, “We’re still hoping the Boy Scouts will do the right thing and just change [the policy].”
The Scouts, however, have held to the standard for a century. The organization fought a court battle a decade ago for its right to set standards for leaders who interact with children.
It was in 2000 that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts of America, a private organization, had the right to enforce a “morally straight” standard, even if prevented homosexuals and atheists from being leaders.
The Scouts insist that their program is not the proper forum to have discussions about sexual orientation, but Tyrrell disagrees and believes the Scouts should adopt her position.