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February 7th, 2013
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Fmr. Cub Scout leader: FRC's Perkins has 'twisted view' of gay adults' relationships with children

The Boy Scouts of America board was expected to vote on whether to lift their national ban on gay members yesterday, but they pushed the decision back to May during their annual meeting.

Gay rights supporters like Jennifer Tyrrell, who was a cub scout den leader in Ohio until the organization dismissed her for being a lesbian, will now have to wait another few months for what they hope will be a historic announcement.

Tyrrell discusses the Boy Scouts' decision on "Early Start" today, saying that while she's a bit disappointed by the organization's choice, "if they need a little time to make the right decision then that’s what they need to do."

"I feel very optimistic. It’s the first time they've not said no," Tyrell says. "I’m hopeful. I just have to hold onto that belief that they’re going to be on the right side of history and if we have to wait until May, then we have to wait until May."

Tyrell also responds to Family Research Council president Tony Perkins' comment on Starting Point yesterday, when he said that he wouldn't want to send his child on a camping trip with a homosexual man.

"I think that he has a twisted view of things," Tyrell says. "I think that adults of whichever sexual orientation are not typically attracted to children. So I don’t know why his mind keeps going there. He may want to look into that."


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  1. Johnnie Holland

    Where are all the announcers gone. Where is Soledad O'Brien, and why did Ali Belshi go?

    May 21, 2013 at 11:50 am | Reply
  2. edofchattanoogatn

    Why would anyone listen to a cowardice LIAR like (frc) tony perkins ??? His rant does not even deserve a second of attention. This sorry piece of out-house feces is the lowest of low and is nothing but a prejudice BIGOT just like the other religious righter self righteous Bible thumpers of the republiCON party !!! I am waiting on the ultimate weapon of mass destruction of the religious hacks: The Supreme Court Decision which will allow Gay Marriage in all 50 states !!! This will totally destroy the Bible thumping zealots and they will revert back to their churches where tese things belong in the first place. I tell you now, there is no lower slime wad than a so-called christian republiCON !!! They will say anything, do anything, stoop to any low and tell any LIE to get their self righteous way !!! Please tell me we can deport these sorry so-called christians to IRAN or IRAQ. They will surely "loose their heads" there. We simply do not have enough LIONS to take care of them here. I hate these seething Satanic souls with every breath I take, for contiunuing this battle against the Gay Community !!!! A battle and war that they will NOT win !!! TennesseeEd

    February 8, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Reply

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