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President Obama Does Not Think That the Boy Scouts Should Keep Discriminating Against Gays

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 14: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during his final news conference of his first term at the East Room of the White House January 14, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama spoke on the debt ceiling and deficit reduction during the news conference. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
First lady Michelle Obama (L) and U.S. Rep Jeff Miller (R-FL) (R) applaud U.S. President Barack Obama during the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton February 3, 2011 in Washington. DC. Obama talked about his own faith, the events in Egypt and the recovery of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), whose husband was in attendance. Photo: Alex Wong/2013 Getty Images

Unlike Rick Perry, Obama thinks the century-old organization should go ahead and drop its ban on gay members and leaders. “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,” he said in a pre-Super Bowl interview with CBS. “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.” Unfortunately, there’s no merit badge for politicians willing to take reasonable positions on national television, but maybe they can work on that next.

Obama Thinks Boy Scouts Should Lift Gay Ban