President Obama said Sunday that the Boy Scouts of America should end its ban on gay members and Scout leaders.
With the venerable national organization weighing whether to lift its prohibition on gays, Obama was asked in a Super- Bowl pregame interview with CBS’s Scott Pelley whether the Boy Scouts should be open to gays.
Obama gave a one-word answer: “Yes.”
Pressed to elaborate, the president said, “I think that 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.”
Last August the White House said Obama disagreed with the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay members, but Sunday’s interview was the first time Obama publicly addressed the issue since the Boy Scouts said last week it would consider lifting the ban.
Boy Scouts leaders are expected to discuss lifting the ban on gays at its national executive board meeting this week in Texas.