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By Miranda Leitsinger, NBC News

Lesbian mom on Boy Scouts: We'll keep fighting anti-gay policy

Two of Jennifer Tyrrell’s children and her partner, Alicia, wait while Tyrrell speaks to the media after delivering more than 300,000 signatures to the Boy Scouts of America at the group’s headquarters in Dallas, Tex., on Wednesday.

A woman who was ousted as the head of her son’s Tiger Cubs pack because she is a lesbian on Wednesday delivered a petition with more than 300,000 signatures to the Boy Scouts urging them to end their longstanding policy banning gay Scouts and leaders, saying the organization’s recent decision to stick with the controversial membership standards will not end her campaign.

A woman who was ousted as the head of her son’s Tiger Cubs pack because she is a lesbian on Wednesday delivered a petition with more than 300,000 signatures to the Boy Scouts urging them to end their longstanding policy banning gay Scouts and leaders, saying the organization’s recent decision to stick with the controversial membership standards will not end her campaign.

But on Tuesday, the private organization said it was keeping the ban on open or avowed homosexuals.

“I feel like this isn’t going to deter me because I truly love Scouts and I truly … want to see this change take place, and not just for myself, but for families and children everywhere who have flooded me with emails thanking me for having the courage to stand up because they actually, you know, couldn’t,” she told NBC News just after handing over the petition and meeting with two Boy Scouts representatives at the private group’s headquarters in Texas.

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