Boy Scouts vote to allow gay members, but not gay adults

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However, in an interview with WFAA-TV, Jennifer Tyrrell, a lesbian mother who was ousted as a den mother, said she was not done.

Thursday’s victory “is what we’ve been working for,” but “obviously, we have a little work to do until I can join,” she said, wearing her Scouting uniform.

“Once they include everyone, I will be done,” she said, adding that her son will not return to Scouting until then. “Until it’s fully inclusive, we’re going to keep on fighting.”

Another front in the culture war is likely to open soon — that of Scouting’s oath, which requires some sort of belief in God.

The American Humanist Association applauded the vote on membership of gays, but asked that atheists be admitted to Scouting as well.

“In addition to ending all anti-gay policies, the Boy Scouts should also open their doors to those without a religious affiliation. Their national policy of discrimination against humanists and atheists, like the anti-gay policy, needlessly shuts out millions of Americans,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the AHA.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.

Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...

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