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Obama: ‘Yes,’ Boy Scouts should be open to gays and lesbians

Sunday, February 3, 2013

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the Boy Scouts of America should open its membership to gays and lesbians when its national executive board discusses the issue this week.

The President made his remarks Sunday before a national audience in a pre-Super Bowl interview appearing on CBS. A proposal to open up the Scouts’ membership to gays is expected to be discussed and possibly voted on at the gathering in Texas.

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The Boy Scouts emphatically reaffirmed the no-gays policy just seven months ago, but announced last week they were considering changing the stance. Instead of mandatory exclusion of gays, the different religious and civic groups that sponsor Scout units would be able to decide for themselves how to address the issue – either maintaining the exclusion or opening up their membership.

The White House said in a statement last August that Obama opposed the gay ban.

Obama, like presidents for the last century, serves as honorary president of the group. The president’s comment Sunday was his first since the group announced it was considering a policy change.

“My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does in every institution and walk of life,” Obama said.

“The Scouts are a great institution that are promoting young people and exposing them to opportunities and leadership that will serve people for the rest of their lives. And I think nobody should be barred from that.”

Watch (skip to 1:23 mark for Obama’s remarks on the Boy Scouts):

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21 more reader comments:

  1. Why shouldnt it be anyways?

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 4:15pm
  2. The reason the fear is the Boy Scout executive leadership is fearful of it’s leadership… Sort of like how the Roman Catholic Church has handled like affairs…

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 4:18pm
  3. “Way to go Obama” I wish you’d be our Leader of our Country.!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 4:19pm
  4. I would be open for a third term for President Obama should he want to remain as our leader.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 4:21pm
  5. Yeah, gay rights, the only thing Obama is actually good for.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 4:22pm
  6. Way to go Obama. :)

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 4:23pm
  7. @Charity – the BSA was not created to be a religious indoctrination organization but a fellowship of men to learn the arts and sciences of scouting.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 4:26pm
  8. this is why Obama is our president, because of his handling of social issues. Something Mitt Romney would never be close to

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 4:33pm
  9. Especially when Mitt Romney wants the USA to go back to the dark ages.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 4:35pm
  10. This is why I love my POTUS.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 4:40pm
  11. I can’t believe America is more worried about this crap, we might possibly go to war With Iran. And mainstream media is brainwashing you with this nonsense.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 5:09pm
  12. This is about the expansion of human dignity…if we’re going to war…all of us might have to serve to preserve the republic…

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 5:15pm
  13. The Boy Scouts must make the right decision…to include everyone

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 5:16pm
  14. Idk about lesbians but def gays and transgenders. I mean we have girl scouts still don’t we or have there been too many budget cuts?

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:12pm
  15. <3

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:18pm
  16. Caitlin – He probably means lesbians in leadership roles which is also currently not allowed. But I do agree that transgender people should be allowed. I’m pretty sure Girl Scouts allows transgender children to join.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:26pm
  17. Yee Obama!! Keep those bitches in check.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:31pm
  18. Keep these great articles coming! I shared on my page & it sparked a great conversation about the difference between a gay man & pedophiles. Yes, unfortunately there still are people who associate the two but that is why we need to raise or voices!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:25pm
  19. *our

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:25pm
  20. He has the right for refusing…..wedding cake for same sex couples. We have the RIGHt to Protested and BLOCK his Bizzzzz here online….He’s a looser……Do you know how much money the City of New your Bring to the economy of……after same sex wedding passed………! I guess he’s no smart about bizzzzzzzz. Close your Store…….

    Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 12:08am
  21. why does it matter if they are gay/bi/lesbian/trans/pan or whatever they are into? people should be judged on what their sexual preferance is. people don’t judge striaght people on liking certain things. my generation doesn’t care for hemost part about judging on sexual preferance . one day all love will be equal no mateter what gender you love.

    Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 7:35am