Gay rights activists say actor Chuck Norris is a “fame-hungry has-been” with a double standard: Norris is accusing President Obama of trying to promote a gay agenda within the Boy Scouts of America, yet has not criticized Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for saying gays would be welcomed within the scouting organization.
Norris wrote an opinion piece this week blasting President Obama and portraying him as a puppet master working behind the scenes to create a “pro-gay Boy Scouts of America” and promote an increasingly pro-gay agenda.
In response, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation issued a statement calling Norris out:
“Chuck Norris should talk to Mitt Romney, who Norris endorsed for president and who has said on the record that all Americans should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts of America regardless of sexual orientation…. Chuck Norris appears to be a fame-hungry has-been with poor research skills.”
The statement also included a link to a YouTube video of Romney speaking out during a 1994 political debate in which Romney says:
“I feel that all people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.”
Norris’ representatives did not respond to a request for comment by the time this article was posted. GLAAD’s statement also includes a plea from Jennifer Tyrrell, the Ohio mom who says she was ejected from being a leader of her son’s Tiger Cub Scouts troop because she’s gay.
“Chuck Norris is clearly out of touch and I’d like for him to sit down with my family and fellow scouting families who support us. My orientation wasn’t an issue in my son’s pack until the Boy Scouts made parents tell their children why their favorite den leader was no longer able to participate,” she said.
Tyrrell launched a Change.org petition seeking reinstatement as her son’s Scout leader and calling on the Scouting organization to welcome gay Scouts and leaders. The petition has garnered more than 298,000 signatures.