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AT&T CEO, Boy Scouts board member commits to ending anti-gay ban

DALLAS, TX (KLTV) - The CEO of AT&T and an executive board member with the Boy Scouts of America has announced that he not only supports an end to the ban, but will also commit to ending it.

In reaction to a petition campaign asking him to speak out against the Boy Scouts of America's current ban on gay scouts and gay scout leaders, a spokesperson for Randall Stephenson said that the executive board member will work alongside Ernst & Young CEO James Turley, another BSA board member, to help change their policy.

Stephenson's spokesman, Marty Richter told Dallas Voice he's committed to changing the policy. Richter said he believes Turley will lead the effort to make the Boy Scouts inclusive with Stephenson's full support."

Stephenson's spokesperson went on record with this commitment after Jennifer Tyrrell, a gay mom from Bridgeport, Ohio who was ousted as her son's den leader in April 2012, started a petition on calling for an end to the Boy Scouts' ban on gay troops and leaders. The petition attracted more than 300,000 signatures.

In June, Tyrrell began a second petition calling on Stephenson to work to end it. More than 75,000 people have signed it to date.

Stephenson's announced commitment comes shortly before Tyrrell and her 7-year-old son Cruz, formerly a Cub Scout, will deliver more than 300,000 signatures -- from the first petition started by Tyrrell -- to the Boy Scouts of America's national headquarters in Dallas on Wednesday, July 18.

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