President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney have come to an agreement on at least one issue: both politicians believe that the Boy Scouts of America should reconsider its ban on gay scouts and gay troop leaders.
Obama, who is currently the honorary President of Boy Scouts of America, as is tradition for sitting presidents, released a statement to the Washington Blade via White House spokesperson Shin Inouye. “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.”
In 1994, Romney said, “I support the right of the Boy Scouts of America to decide what it wants to do on that issue. I feel that all people should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.” His spokeswoman Andrea Saul has confirmed to GLAAD that this is still Romney’s stance, 18 years later.
“Our nation’s leaders from across religions and political persuasions have joined hundreds of thousands of Americans in speaking out against the blatant discrimination that the Boy Scouts of America teaches young adults today,” says GLAAD President Herndon Graddick in a statement. “It’s clear that this outdated policy will be changing in the future. 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?”
Visit Scoutsforequality.com to learn more about it — and to see what celebs like Josh Hutcherson and Steven Spielberg have to say on the issue.