Romney’s support for gays in Boy Scouts fuels debate on ban

A video from 1994 reveals that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney supports the inclusion of gay and lesbian scouts and leaders in the Boy Scouts.

“I feel that all people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts, regardless of their sexual orientation,” said Romney in a video from a 1994 U.S. Senate debate in Massachusetts. Romney served on the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America for nearly a decade.

Romney’s statement echoes the opinion of more than 250,000 people — including current and former boy scouts and scout leaders who have joined Ohio mom Jennifer Tyrrell’s campaign on Change.org urging the Boy Scouts of America to stop expelling gay scout leaders and discriminating against gay and lesbian scouts. Tyrrell was recently ousted as scout leader of her 7-year-old son’s cub scouts troop because she’s gay. Video of Romney’s remarks can be seen here: http://www.glaad.org/equalityscouts.

Article adapted by Proud Parenting from original press release

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