Montclair Dads Ask Community To Sign a Petition Against Homophobia From The Boy Scouts

BY  |  Monday, Apr 30, 2012 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Montclair dads, Adam Lippin and Thad Hayes, have a son in Cub Scouts Troop 7. While they haven’t faced discrimination from their son’s Troop, they are asking that the community join with others to sign a petition started by Jennifer Tyrrel, a mom in Ohio who was recently removed from the volunteer position of Tiger Cub den leader of her son’s Boy Scout Troop. Jennifer says she “received notice that my membership had been revoked, based on my sexual orientation.” Jennifer is a lesbian.

This from Adam and Thad:

Our son Daniel is a member of our Troop. Daniel has two dads. I am sure that most of you have heard of the mom who was just kicked out of Boy Scouts because she is a lesbian.

Please help us let the Boy Scouts know that Homophobia is not a Leadership trait we wish for our children. Please sign this petition and forward to all friends, relatives etc. Post to your Facebook account etc…
Adam and Thad
You can sign the petition here.


  1. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  April 30, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    “Scouting, and the majority of parents it serves, does not believe it is the right forum for children to become aware of the issue of sexual orientation, or engage in discussions about being gay,” it said. “Rather, such complex matters should be discussed with parents, caregivers, or spiritual advisers, at the appropriate time and in the right setting.”

    The Boy Scout view on this issue. It’s their organization their rules if you don’t agree then don’t join.

    The Supreme Court already ruled on this….Next.

  2. POSTED BY inismagrath  |  April 30, 2012 @ 3:54 pm


    It was not Jennifer Tyrrel who made the Boy Scouts a “forum for children to become aware of the issue of sexual orientation, or engage in discussions about being gay.” No, it was the Boy Scouts of America who did that when they ousted her.

    No discussions of sexual orientation took place in that Cub Scout troop. The only such discussions began after the BSA ousted Tyrrel, leaving parents to have to explain to their kids why Ms. Tyrell wasn’t there any more.

    In short, the official BSA comment on this is dishonest. The BSA policy is not about “the issue of sexual orientation” nor is the BSA about “discussions about being gay.” No, the BSA policy is that LGBT Americans may not be members. Period. Straight people can talk about sexual orientation and being gay, you know.

    Yes, it is their organization and their rules. While you are free not to join if you disagree with their rules, you are also free to put pressure on them to change their rules.

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