Ousted lesbian den mom delivers petition to Scouts

July 18, 2012 - 2:36 PM
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FILE - This Wednesday, April 25, 2012 photo shows Jennifer Tyrrell and her son Cruz Burns, 7, during a visit to New York. After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays. Since 2000, the Boy Scouts have been targeted with numerous protest campaigns and run afoul of some local nondiscrimination laws because of the membership policy. One ongoing protest campaign involves Tyrrell, the Ohio mother of the 7-year-old Cub Scout who was ousted as a Scout den mother because she is lesbian. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

IRVING, Texas (AP) — An Ohio woman ousted as a den mother because she is a lesbian has delivered a petition with 300,000 signatures to the Boy Scouts of America headquarters urging the organization to reinstate her.

Jennifer Tyrrell also wants the group to abandon its policy of excluding gays, which the organization reaffirmed Tuesday.

Tyrrell wore a tan Scout uniform as she arrived Wednesday at the Boy Scouts national offices in Irving with her partner and two children, including a 7-year-old Cub Scout.

Tyrrell, who was carrying three boxes filled with the petitions, then went into a private meeting with representatives of the 102-year-old organization. Tyrrell presented the same petitions to the organization at its annual convention in Orlando, Fla., in May.

Tyrrell is from Bridgeport, Ohio.