The White House on Wednesday confirmed that President Barack Obama opposes the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gays.
‘The President believes the Boy Scouts is a valuable organization that has helped educate and build character in American boys for more than a century. He also opposes discrimination in all forms, and as such opposes this policy that discriminates on basis of sexual orientation,’ White House spokesperson Shin Inouye said in a statement to Washington Blade.
As is tradition for sitting US presidents, Obama currently serves as Honorary President of the Boy Scouts of America.
The BSA announced on Tuesday (17 July) that it has no plans to lift its ban on gay members after what it says was two years of consideration by an 11-person committee.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance of Defamation (GLAAD) points out that Mitt Romney, Obama’s opponent in the November presidential election, spoke out against the ban back in 1994. Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul has confirmed that ‘this remains Romney’s position today.’
Romney is a former member of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board.
‘It’s clear that this outdated policy will be changing in the future,’ GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said. ‘How long will the Boy Scouts continue to bully young gay Americans into hiding who they are and hurt children of gay parents by denying their parents an opportunity to participate in their children’s lives?’