Obama: Scouts Should Let In Gays and Lesbians
The president urges group to drop longstanding ban
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 3, 2013 4:40 PM CST
President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – 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. Obama praised the scouts as "a great institution" that promotes young people, giving them lifelong leadership training and opportunities. During a pre-Super Bowl interview on CBS, he said "no one should be barred from that."

The Boy Scouts announced last week it was considering replacing its longstanding ban on gays with a policy to let troop sponsors make their own decision on the issue. The White House said last summer during the presidential campaign that Obama he opposed the Scouts' policy of excluding gays as members. Gay rights activists praised last week's announcement, while some conservative church groups expressed alarm.

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Feb 4, 2013 6:27 PM CST
He wants to be a Scout Leader.
Feb 4, 2013 3:15 PM CST
Mr. President, would you let your girls join an all lesbian girl scouts troop? Why don't you back up your own words by saying that you saw no harm if your girls were to be surrounded by lesbians in their summer tents. Go on, I dare you! 1942
Feb 4, 2013 11:28 AM CST
The only difference between allowing gays and lesbians and not allowing gays and lesbians is...well, nothing other than saying they are allowed. I'm sure the Scouts has had and does have many gay and lesbian people among their number.