Since news broke that Ohio mom Jen Tyrrell was ousted as her son’s den leader from the Boy Scouts for being gay, more than 154,000 people have signed a Change.org petition asking for her reinstatement, and Tyrrell has appeared on multiple national media outlets to discuss the experience. Now, GLAAD digs up this clip of then-Senate candidate Mitt Romney saying that all people should be able to participate in the organization. Romney served on the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America for nearly a decade.
ROMNEY: I believe that the Boy Scouts of America does a wonderful service for this country,” Romney says. “I support the right of the Boy Scouts of America to decide what it wants to do on that issue. I feel that all people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.
Interestingly, Romney also banned the Boy Scouts from officially volunteering at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, although he said then that Boy Scouts couldn’t volunteer because most weren’t 18 years old, the mandatory minimum age the Olympics set for volunteers.