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Obama: "Yes," Boy Scouts should allow gay members

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CBS News
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February 4, 2013
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President Obama responded with a simple "Yes" when he was asked on Sunday by CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley whether the Boy Scouts of America should open their organization to openly gay members. His reason? "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." "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," Mr. Obama continued, "And I think nobody should be barred from that." The Scouts' national leadership is currently debating whether to scrap the organization's national ban on gay members and instead allow religious and civic organizations that sponsor separate Scout units to decide how to address the issue.