Last week Park Cities People brought you the story about Jon Langbert, a local dad who was told he could no longer serve as a leader or wear the uniform for his son’s Boy Scouts of America troop, pack 70 at University Park Elementary, because he is gay.
His sexual orientation was never a secret, he told the pack leader he was gay and asked if it would be a problem before he agreed to be the popcorn sales volunteer. He was issued a shirt and took over the fundraiser earning $13,000, a $9,000 increase over the previous year.
But when some non-volunteer dads complained, the national debate began. Langbert’s experience initially sparked controversy in the Park Cities and Dallas but soon the entire country was watching.
And Highland Park Independent School District is sticking to their story, the Boy Scouts of America can continue to meet in district buildings that Langbert’s tax dollars support.
Highland Park Independent School District said it has a long-standing practice of allowing community groups to use its facilities. The policy is designed to not discriminate against any person or organization.
What about groups that discriminate?
In addition to several other national media outlets that have contacted Langbert about interviews over the next few days, he has made appearances on local news CBS, FOX and ABC, as well as radio station KRLD. Here are a few of the others that have taken interest.