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WTRF Investigates: Mother Dismissed From Cub Scout Pack for Being Gay

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Along U.S. Route 40 in Brookside supporters of Jennifer Tyrrell exercised their first amendment rights Tuesday night. 

They're upset the Boy Scouts of America told her she could no longer serve as a "den mother," even when none seemed available.

Former Cub Scout den leader Jennifer Tyrrell told WTRF.com, "the current leader, that was supposed to be there, called and said, 'I can't do it. They had no leader.  There were no other people willing or able to step up, so, I stepped up, I said, 'I'll be the den leader."

WTRF.com spoke with Bob Drury, Scout Director with the Ohio River Valley Council who added,
"almost all the positions within the Boy Scouts of America are volunteer positions.  They are generally moms and dads that are concerned with the well-being of their child, and they're willing to step forward and help out you know, other children as well."

Tyrrell served as a den mother for a year, but when the local district council learned of her homosexuality, they told Tyrrell she had to leave her den leader position.

"I feel like I've had a great year, I've bonded with my parents, my children, we've done a lot of really good things.  And in light of other circumstances, it was brought to the council's attention at a higher-up level that I was gay and I was forced to resign," added Tyrrell.

The Boy Scouts of America say it's within their first amendment rights to exclude openly homosexual persons from membership. 

In 2000 the Supreme Court agreed with them.

"It's just something that has been determined to be a distraction to what the program is.  The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to develop character and leadership skills and the youth of today to become the leaders of tomorrow.  And anything that distracts from that mission distracts from what our program is, " added Drury.

Pastor Tom Tennant prayed for people's confused hearts at the start of Cub Scout Pack 109's meeting at the Bridgeport of God, before Drury explained the Boy Scout's policy to parents and members. 

Stay with WTRF.com for further updates in this developing case.

(WTRF.com's Kurt Weinschenker contributed to this report)