Washington, Feb 4: President Barack Obama has said 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 promoted young people, giving them lifelong leadership training and opportunities.
According to Fox News, during a pre-Super Bowl interview on CBS, the Democratic president said ‘no one should be barred from that’.
The Boy Scouts had last week announced that it was considering replacing its long-standing ban on gays with a policy to let troop sponsors make their own decision on the issue.
The White House had said during the presidential campaign that Obama opposed the Scouts’ policy of excluding gays as members.
Gay rights activists praised last week’s announcement, while some conservative church groups expressed alarm, it added. (ANI)