Indiana Lawmaker Says Girl Scouts Promote Homosexuality

Reported by: Christine Winter
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Updated: 2/22/2012 6:01 pm
It appeared to be a pretty harmless piece of legislation, so why did an Indiana lawmaker refuse to honor the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary?

State Representative Bob Morris said he couldn't support the measure because he believes the Girl Scouts has become a "radicalized organization" that supports abortion.

In an email to House lawmakers Morris said he'd done some internet research and discovered that Girl Scouts is linked to Planned Parenthood.

The Republican accused liberal Girl Scout leaders of "indoctrinating" girls with Planned Parenthood, and pushing role models who are "feminists, lesbians or Communists."

Morris says, "My problem is on a personal level with my family and our beliefs. And my wife and I pulled our daughters out of the Girl Scouts, effective yesterday...Because of our personal beliefs and what my family stands for."

Representative Morris also accused Planned Parenthood of handing out pamphlets to Girl Scouts, encouraging them to have sex.

But the groups insist they have no ties to one another.

Cathy Ritchie is with the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.

She says, "We have no relationship with Planned Parenthood. Doesn't exist. There's no formal relationship. There's no money changes hands. We have no relationship. That is the bottom line."

Indiana Girl Scouts Group Leader Paula Snyder says, "I am appalled..I was a Scout, my daughter was a Scout and now my granddaughter."

Meanwhile, Girl Scout cookies were spread throughout the Indiana House floor the day after Representative Morris's allegations.

In fact, there was a package next to the Speaker's podium.

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