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Anti-gay organizations attack Boy Scouts for considering lifting ban on gays

Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 22:01

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In this July 18, 2012 file photo, Jennifer Tyrrell, right, arrives for a meeting at the Boys Scouts of America national offices in Irving, Texas, with her son Jude Burns, 5, second from right, partner Alicia Burns, and son Cruz Burns, 7, left. The Ohio woman was ousted as a den mother because she is a lesbian. The Boys Scouts of America announced Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, that it is considering a dramatic retreat from its controversial policy of excluding gays as leaders and youth members.

Less than a day after the Boy Scouts of America publicly announced they were considering lifting a ban on gays and lesbian participation, several religious institutions were already lashing out.

This includes the president of the Family Research Council Tony Perkins, who was none-too-happy with the declaration made on Jan. 28.

"The mission of the Boy Scouts is 'to instill values in young people' and 'prepare them to make ethical choices,' and the Scout's oath includes a pledge 'to do my duty to God' and keep himself 'morally straight,'" he said in an email, Huffington Post reports. "It is entirely reasonable and not at all unusual for those passages to be interpreted as requiring abstinence from homosexual conduct."

Bryan Fischer, of the American Families Association, also not-surprisingly spoke up, this time on Twitter. Some of his anti-gay rant highlights include, “Jerry Sandusky is now the poster boy for the Boy Scouts of America,” and “A homosexual doesn’t belong in the same tent with young boys any more than a man belongs in the same tent with Girl Scouts.”

AFA has also released a petition for those who support Boy Scouts policy requesting them to keep their policy the same.

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