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Boy Scouts Weigh Ending Ban on Gays
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James Oliver hugs his brother and fellow Eagle Scout Will Oliver who is gay, as Will and other supporters carry four boxes filled with a petition in front of the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas. Scouts and their families have delivered a petition to the Boy Scouts of America headquarters urging an end to a policy banning gay scouts and leaders from the organization.
A security guard with the Boy Scouts of America in Irving, Texas, stops Eagle Scout Will Oliver, former Assistant Scoutmaster Greg Bourke, former Cub Scout Den mother Jennifer Tyrrell, and former Scout Leader Eric Andresen as the group tries to deliver boxes containing 1.4 million signatures urging the Boy Scouts of America to reverse the organization's ban on LGBT Scouts.
Jennifer Tyrrell of Bridgeport, Ohio, responds to reporters questions during a news conference as she stands behind four boxes filled with a petition in front of the Boy Scouts of America headquarters.
Wes Comer holds the Boy Scout uniform of his son Isaiah outside their home in Knoxville, Tenn. Comer, his wife, and children belong to an Apostolic Pentecostal church that considers homosexuality sinful and says he will pull his son out of Boy Scouts if the BSA modifies the policy to allow some troops to accept gays.
Pascal Tessier, 16, a Boy Scout, and his brother Lucien Tessier, 20, who had earned the rank of Eagle Scout and support gays in scouting, pose for a portrait with their parents at their home in Kensington, Md.