Scout Official Resigns, Supports Ousted Gay Leader

Boy Scouts at a Jamboree(Photo: Preston Kemp)
Boy Scouts at a Jamboree(Photo: Preston Kemp)

BRIDGEPORT, Ohio (AP) – A board member for a regional Boy Scouts group in eastern Ohio has resigned in protest over the removal of a lesbian den mother because of the group’s ban on gays.

Parents in Bridgeport have rallied behind Jennifer Tyrrell, saying she was a great leader and they want her back.

David Sims of the Ohio River Valley Council tells the Los Angeles Times he resigned from the council’s board Friday after learning Tyrrell’s story.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation released the text of Sims’ resignation letter, which says he understands Tyrrell’s removal is legal but opposes it because he believes it is discrimination.

The Scouts say that as a private organization they have a right to exclude gays. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the ban.