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President Obama calls on Boy Scouts to end ban on gays

Posted by David Zimmerman  February 4, 2013 09:22 AM

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President Obama, in a pre-Super Bowl interview with CBS' Scott Pelley yesterday, called on the Boy Scouts of America to end their ban on gay on gay scouts and leaders.

The President had a simple, one word answer, when asked if gays should be allowed in the Boy Scouts, "Yes."

He then went on to say, "Gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everyone else does."

You can view Pelley's question to the President, and the President's answer HERE.

Texas Governor and former presidential hopeful Rick Perry, an Eagle Sout, took a different position. "Hopefully the board will follow their historic position of keeping the Scouts strongly supportive of the values that make Scouting this very important and impactful organization. I think most people see absolutely no reason to change the position and neither do I," said Perry.

Perry concluded by saying, "to have popular culture impact 100 years of their standards is inappropriate. I think you get tolerance and diversity every day in Scouting."

The scouts Board is expected to vote on the anti-gay policy in the next week.

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